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Friday November 19, 2010 -

Happy International Men's Day!


Friday November 19, 2010 - International Men's Day edition
Happy International Men's Day!
Today is International Men’s Day - a global
occasion to celebrate the positive contributions
and diverse experiences of being male. On this
day we highlight those inspirational men and boys
who help to forge a better world and who show by
example how to live with self-respect and integrity
in their relationships with other people and with the
world around them. On this day we celebrate men’s and boys’
strengths while taking time to acknowledge their vulnerabilities and
needs. We aim to transcend negative stereotyping and encourage
greater options and choices for men and indeed for all people.

Finally, it's a day for all humanity, providing an opportunity to consider


the vast arena of human experience shared by men, women and
children alike; our similarities deserve to be celebrated as do our
differences. With this inclusive vision International Men’s Day seeks
to bring a new and healing spirit to the world.

International Men's Day began on November 19th 1999 in Trinidad


and Tobago and was supported by the United Nations. The event
received wide support from men's groups in USA, Europe, Africa,
Asia, and the Caribbean. Speaking on behalf of UNESCO, Ms.
Ingeborg Breines, Director of Women and Culture of Peace said,
“This is an excellent idea and would give some gender balance.” She
added that her organisation was looking forward to cooperating with
organisers of IMD.

Objectives of International Men's Day include a focus on men's and


boy's health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality,
and highlighting positive male role models. It is an occasion for men
to highlight discrimination against them and to celebrate their
achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to
community, family, marriage, and child care. The November IMD is a
significant date as it interfaces the popular 'Movember' charity event
and also with Universal Children's Day on Nov 20 with which IMD
forms a 48 hour celebration of men and children respectively, and of
the special relationships they share.
During the past ten years methods of commemorating International
Men's Day have included public seminars, classroom activities at
schools, radio and television programs, Church observances, and
peaceful displays and marches. The manner of observing this annual
day is optional; any organizations are welcome to host their own
events and any appropriate forums can be used. Early pioneers of
IMD reminded that the day is not intended to compete against
International Woman's Day, but is for the purpose of highlighting
men's experiences. Each year secondary themes are suggested,
such as peace in 2002, men’s health in 2003, healing and
forgiveness in 2007, or positive male role models in 2009, although it
is not compulsory to adopt these themes and participants are
welcome to come up with their own to suit their needs and local
concerns. In consultation with organizers from other nations the
following core objectives of IMD are observed:

• To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and
sports men but everyday, working class men who are living
decent, honest lives.
• To celebrate men’s positive contributions to society,
community, family, marriage, child care, and to the environment.
• To focus on men’s health and wellbeing; social, emotional,
physical and spiritual.
• To highlight discrimination against men; in areas of social
services, social attitudes and expectations, and law.
• To improve gender relations and promote gender equality.
• To create a safer, better world; where people can be safe and
grow to reach their full potential.

International Men's Day is celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago,


Jamaica, Australia, India, Italy, United States, New Zealand, Brazil,
Moldova, Haiti, Portugal, Singapore, Malta, South Africa, Ghana,
Chile, Hungary, Ireland, Peru, Canada, China, Vietnam, Pakistan,
Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Guyana, Netherlands, Georgia,
Argentina, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Join us today,
November 19th, in celebrating the contribution men make to those
around them, to their family and friends, their work place and the
community, the nations and the world.
Dr Warren Farrell talks about International Men’s Day
On this International Men's Day 2010 Greg
Andresen had the great pleasure of interviewing
Dr. Warren Farrell from his office in Mill Valley
California. Dr. Farrell began his research on
gender issues in the 1960s. His first book, The
Liberated Man, was published in 1974. It was
written from women’s and feminist perspectives.
By the 1980s, Warren began noticing that men were feeling
misrepresented, and his book Why Men Are The Way They Are, was
written to answer women’s questions about men in a way that rings
true for men.

By the 1990s, Dr. Farrell felt the misunderstandings about men had
deepened and become dangerous to the survival of families and love.
He confronted the misunderstandings head-on with the award-
winning book The Myth of Male Power. Dr. Farrell’s most recent
research is published as Why Men Earn More: The Startling Truth
Behind the Pay Gap - and What Women Can Do About It.

In this 5-part video series, Dr. Farrell explores many of the themes of
International Men's Day, while dispelling some common
misconceptions about the event. Click here to watch the videos on
YouTube and/or read a transcript.

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