International Men's Day this year (19th November 2014) the gloabl theme is "Working Together For Men and Boys".
This year's theme is designed to encourage greater co-operation in addressing in addressing the issues that affect men and boys all over the world such as men’s shorter life expectancy, the high male suicide rate, our collective tolerance of violence against men, the struggles that boys can face in getting an education and the unique challenges of father-child relationships.
On International Men’s Day on Wednesday, 19 November 2014, people all over the wolrd are invited to host events and initiatives that involve:
- Like-minded people finding ways to work together for Men and Boys
- People from diverse perspectives finding ways to work together for Men and Boys
- People in different countries finding ways to work together for Men and Boys
- And Men and Women finding ways to work together for Men and Boys
In particular, participants are invited to find ways to work together that reflect the Six Pillars of International Men’s Day which means:
ONE: Working together to promote positive male role models
TWO: Working together to celebrate Men’s positive contributions
THREE: Working together to focus on Men’s health and well-being
FOUR: Working together to highlight discrimination against males
FIVE: Working together to improve gender relations and improve gender equality
SIX: Working together to create a safer, better world.
Founded in its current format in 1999 by Dr Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D, the event is observed in over 70 nations each year. Details of last year's event in the UK can be found at www.ukmensday.org.uk.