Celebrated in India since 2007
International Men’s Day (IMD) is an annual event observed on 19th November. This day is dedicated to all the boys and men to celebrate their achievements as well as their contributions. Basically, this day is observed to acknowledge their contribution to the nation, society, community, family, marriage, and childcare. This day is an opportunity to promote the humanitarian values that Men bring to the table. The aim is to improve gender relations by bringing gender equality habits in people.
Thomas Oaster inaugurated this day on 7th February 1992 and Jerome Teelucksing revived this day. Jerome chose 19th November to honour his father’s birthday and to celebrate the qualifying of Trinidad and Tobago’s football team in the 1989 World Cup. He promoted this day not only with the intention of a gender day but also to acknowledge the issues affecting men and boys. Furthermore, the mental health issues of men and boys are recognized today.
On 19th November 2007, IMD was inaugurated in India by leading Indian Men’s rights organization Indian Family. Since then, the day is celebrated annually in India as well. Each year various NGO’s and organizations have organized events to celebrate this day. Among many awareness activities, in the year 2017 and 18, volunteers held a bike rally to Nandi Hills. The turnout of this event was around 40000 people that day.
To celebrate IMD, a particular theme is suggested by the world coordinators each year. Some of the themes from past years were:
- 2011 “Giving Boys The Best Possible Start In Life”
- 2013 “Keeping Men and Boys safe”
- 2014 “Working Together For Men and Boys”
- 2016 “Stop Male Suicide”
- 2018 “Positive Male Role Models”
For 2020, the theme is “Better Health for Men and Boys”. The aim behind this theme is to spread awareness about the importance of male health.