Int’l Men’s Day addresses men’s issues like mental, physical health and more
It’s November 19, International Men’s Day (IMD) and this year’s theme is ‘Making a Difference for Men and Boys’. It’s a day observed globally to raise awareness about men’s issues like their physical and mental health, toxic masculinity, the prevalence of male suicide and everything else that has to do with men. International Men’s Day is celebrated in more than 80 countries.
The day came into existence in 1999 and was established by Jerome Teelucksingh, a History lecturer at the University of West Indies. The idea was to bring it on par with the celebrations of International Women’s Day. People and organisations deliberated on the issue and initially celebrated the day in small events.
In India, the day was introduced by men’s advocate Uma Challa in 2007. Though she was unaware of how the date of Int’l Men’s Day had come into being, she thought that when Shiv-Shakti is equal in Indian culture, why are there celebrations for women alone and not men.
Uma believes, “Both women and men have their set of strengths and responsibilities and all we need is to have a positive attitude for our generations.”
Her campaign initially drew flack and criticism from the women’s wing. She asserted that problems existed on both sides, but women were favoured. She felt a need to create a balance between men and women in society. The day was celebrated on a very small level in 2007, but since then it took off and is being celebrated with zeal in most parts of the country.