New Delhi: Every year, the 19th day of November is celebrated globally as International Men’s Day. International Men’s Day is commemorated worldwide to shine a spotlight on men who are making a positive difference and to raise awareness of issues that men face on a global scale.
Inaugurated on February 7, 1992 by Thomas Oaster, International Men’s Day (IMD) is an annual international event.
International Men’s Day, according to IMD’s website, encourages men to teach the boys in their lives the values, character and responsibilities of being a man.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “we must become the change we seek.”
It is only when we all, both men and women, lead by example that we will create a fair and safe society that allows everyone the opportunity to prosper.
IMD highlights the positive male role models and raise awareness of men’s well-being.
The main objectives of celebrating an International Men’s Day include, focusing on men’s and boys’ health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting male role models. The broader and ultimate aim of the event is to promote basic humanitarian values.
It was started in the February of 1992 by Thomas Oaster, however, the project of International Men’s Day was planned a year earlier on February 8, 1991.
The project was re-initialised in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago.
Jerome Teelucksingh, who revived the event, chose November 19 to honour his father’s birthday and also to celebrate how on that date in 1989 Trinidad and Tobago’s soccer team had united the country with their endeavours to qualify for the soccer world cup.