International Men’s Day is here again, a day when men get the chance to knock on metaphorical doors and say ‘look at me and my life…’
Yep, it is time to think about gender equality from the perspective of men and boys and the kind of things life throws at us.
It is a fact that we have a shorter life expectancy coupled with an outrageously high suicide rate.
But that doesn’t mean that men are waving the flag in the face of International Women’s Day…
No, International Men’s Day works against damaging gender stereotypes and the everyday happenings where inequality is rife – family courts, divorce, paternity leave just to mention a few.
International Men’s Day came about in 1992 and has grown across more than 70 countries.
These are the goals of International Men’s Day at the time it was founded.
1. To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sportsmen but everyday, working-class men who are living decent, honest lives.
2. To celebrate men’s positive contributions to society, community, family, marriage, childcare, and to the environment.
3. To focus on men’s health and well-being; social, emotional, physical and spiritual.
4. To highlight discrimination against males; in areas of social services, social attitudes and expectations, and law.
5. To improve gender relations and promote gender equality.
6. To create a safer, better world where people can be safe and grow to reach their full potential.
The UK International Men’s Day website says that the aim of the day is to focus on ‘how we can make a difference to men and boys, and, how we can give men and boys better life chances’ by addressing issues such as men’s health, the high male suicide rate, male victims of violence (including sexual violence), the challenges faced by fathers and male victims of sexual abuse, domestic abuse and rape.’
Well today ladies and gentlemen, the consumerwatchfoundation.com salutes us chaps and says more power to your elbow, whether that involves drinking beer down the pub – or holding up a fist and saying I will fight for my rights every day of the year.