Every year, International Men’s Day in the UK is marked by more and more women, men, and organisations across the country. Over the month of November in 2015, there were over 40 events and celebrations from a Parliamentary debate to community events, business events, student events, political events, conferences, film launches and exhibitions. This year promises to be even bigger so please free get involved.
International Men’s Day in the UK provides a fantastic opportunity for you to:
- Highlight some serious issues
- Celebrate Britain’s men and boys in all their diversity
- Have some serious fun
You do not have to stick to holding an event or celebration on 19 November if you want to mark the day!
The UK theme for the Day continues to be “Making a Difference for Men and Boys.” The theme is designed to help more people consider what action we can all take to “Make a Difference” by addressing some of the issues that affect Men and Boys such as:
- The high male suicide rate
- The challenges faced by boys and men at all stages of education including attainment
- Men’s health, shorter life expectancy, and workplace deaths
- The challenges faced by the most marginalised men and boys in society (for instance: homeless men, boys in care, and the high rate of male deaths in custody)
- Male victims of violence, including sexual violence
- The challenges faced by men as parents, particularly new fathers and separated fathers
- Male victims and survivors of sexual abuse, rape, sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, forced marriage, honour-based crime, stalking, and slavery
- The negative portrayal of men, boys, and fathers
The key issues that will be focussed upon at a national level for 2016 will be the continuation of the attention on male suicide as well as a focus on boys educational underperformance. International Men’s day also coincides with International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.
At a local level, what areas, issues and activities you choose to mark International Men’s Day is entirely up to you. To help with ideas visit the International Men’s Day UK site to see who did what last year and view an overall summary of last year.
International Men’s Day (IMD) is a global day of observance held every year in more than 60 countries around the globe. IMD is a global grassroots movement that invites every man, woman, girl, and boy in the world to come together and celebrate men and boys in all their diversity.
As a day of observance IMD places its focus on that which unites humanity – giving everyone who wants to celebrate International Men’s Day the opportunity to help work towards IMD’s shared objectives which are applied equally to men and boys irrespective of their age, ability, social background, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, religious belief, and relationship status.
Those objectives are:
- To promote male role models
- To celebrate the contribution that men make
- To focus on men’s health and wellbeing
- To highlight discrimination against men the inequalities that men and boys face
- To improve gender relations and promote gender equality
- To create a safer world for everyone