International Men’s Day (19 November)

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International Men’s Day (IMD), held on 19 November, is an annual international occurrence. The aims of celebrating International Men’s Day are laid out in “The Six Pillars of International Men’s Day. ” It is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments and sacrifices of boys and men, especially for their sacrifices to the country, culture, community, neighbourhood, family, marriage, and child care. Promoting universal humanitarian principles is the wider and ultimate goal of the event.

Inaugurated in 1992 by Thomas Oaster on 7 February, the International Men’s Day project was conceived on 8 February 1991, one year earlier. The project in Trinidad and Tobago was re-initialised in 1999. Malta, where celebrations have been occurring since 7 February 1994, is the longest-running celebration of International Men’s Day.

Jerome Teelucksingh, who revived the event, chose 19 November to honour the birthday of his father and also to celebrate how the football team of Trinidad and Tobago had united the country on that date in 1989 with their efforts to qualify for the World Cup. International Men’s Day was promoted by Teelucksingh as not only a gendered day but a day when it is possible to discuss all problems concerning men and boys. “They are striving for gender equality and are patiently trying to remove the negative images and the stigma associated with men in our society,” he said of IMD and its grassroots activists.