November 19 international men’s day although, currently, the date is better known as the Mustache day (mustache day) or by the term Movember and what it seeks, basically, is to prevent cancer of the prostate, testicles and male depression. The call to action invites men to grow their mustaches with the premise of spreading this message of health and care.
Since 1992, International Men’s Day has been celebrated every November 19 – although in some countries, it is commemorated every March 19 in homage to Saint Joseph – and the premise of the ephemeris, as we said before, it is make visible the importance of caring for the physical and mental health of men.
How the date was chosen
The history of International Men’s Day dates back to 1968, when an American journalist wrote about the supposed lack of balance in the Soviet system because, according to the chronicler named John Harris, “Women’s Day was strongly promoted but The same was not done with man, who was relegated as a defect of the communist system. “
This claim was made in the early 1990s when researcher Thomas Oaster, director of the Center for Men’s Studies at the University of Missouri, organized various events around the issue in the United States, Australia and Malta.
But It was Jerome Teelucksingh, from the University of the West Indies of Trinidad and Tobago, who determined November 19 as the definitive anniversary. The date was chosen for a completely arbitrary reason: the academic’s father’s birthday. Teelucksingh, on the site that commemorates this celebration, assures that “It is not intended to compete with women’s day, but to highlight the importance of men’s physical and mental health and their own masculinity. “
UNESCO supports the initiative to commemorate International Men’s Day
For her part, Ingeborg Breines – director of UNESCO’s Women and Culture of Peace program – supported the initiative to choose an international day for men and considered it “an excellent idea that will provide a bit of balance between the sexes” and was interested in cooperate.
The WHO recognizes that the issue of equity and men’s health should be included on the agenda but, so far, the support has not been formalized officially or in a massive way. That is one of the reasons why this day has an even lower level of recognition than the analogous women’s day.
What are the 6 main goals today
In November 2009, Dr. Teelucksingh and other members of the IHL Coordination Committee formally ratified the 6 main objectives of International Men’s Day, which are as follows.
- Promote positive male role models not just movie stars and sportsmen, but working-class men of everyday life who live lives of dignity and honor.
- Celebrate the positive contributions of men to society to the community, to the family, to marriage, to the care of children and the environment.
- Focus on men’s health and well-being; in the social, emotional, physical and spiritual.
- Highlighting discrimination against men; in the areas of social service, in social attitudes and expectations, and legislation.
- Improve gender relations and promote gender equality.
- Create a safer and better world, where people can be safe