International Men’s Day 2021: Date, History, Significance, And Why Do We Celebrate?

International Men’s Day is observed globally on November 19th to acknowledge the positive value men bring to the world.

Here’s why we celebrate International Men’s Day

International Men's Day 2021 is celebrated on November 19th worldwide. The day is an annual observation to throw light on the contribution of men in bringing positive value to the world, their families and communities. On this day; discussions, campaigns, public seminars, etc are organized to raise awareness of men's well-being.

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The theme of International Men's day 2021

Out of the six pillars of International Men's Day, one is to improve gender relations and promote gender equality not only for men but for women too. This year the theme for 2021 is "Better relations between men and women."

International Men's Day celebration

Since 1999, International Men's Day has been celebrated in various ways such as hosting public seminars, forums, conferences, festivals and fundraisers.

Through classroom activities at schools, November fundraisers, Parliamentary speeches, government observances, radio and television programs.

Also in Church observations, prayer meetings, award ceremonies, film competitions. Music concerts, art displays, and peaceful awareness marches.

The larger part of which now takes place on social media through various online platforms and brands celebrating it in their own way.

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You can celebrate International Men's Day 2021 by spending quality time with the men in your life, or your brother, father, male partner and by telling how they enrich the lives of those around them.

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International Men's Day history and significance

International Men's Day was founded in 1999 by Dr Jerome Teelucksingh. He was a history lecturer at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad, Tobago. Jerome Teelucksingh chose November 19 to honour his father's birthday.

Interestingly calls for an International Men's Day (IMD) has been going on since at least the 1960s when it was reported in the New York Times, Feb 24, 1969, that "Many men have been agitating privately to make February 23 International Men's Day, the equivalent of March 8, which is International Women's day".