International Men's Day 2016

International Men's Day 2015 is observed on 19th November, theme is "Working To Expand Reproductive Options for Men", 2014 theme is "Working Together For Men and Boys" and 2013 theme is "Keeping Men and Boys safe"


International Men’s Day was first celebrated in1999 in Trinidad and Tobago. Representatives from organizations such as the UN extended their support for this event. International Men's Day is observed in more than 50 countries, including Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Australia, India, China, United States, Singapore, Malta, United Kingdom, South Africa, Hungary, Ireland, Ghana, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Italy, Pakistan, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Grenada and Cayman Islands.

When is Celebrated?

International Men's Day is celebrated annually on November 19th.

Why is celebrated?

International Men’s Day is observed to meet the following goals.

  • Improvement of men’s and boy’s health
  • Improvement of gender relations
  • Promotion of gender equality
  • Promotion of positive male role models
  • It gives an opportunity for men to highlight the discrimination against them.
  • It is considered as an occasion to celebrate men’s achievements and contributions to community, family, marriage and childcare in particular.

International Men's Day interfaces with a worldwide moustache growing charity event held annually during November, known as 'Movember'.  Every year this charity event raises funds and awareness for men's health. International Men's Day is followed by Universal Children's Day on November 20th and forms a 48 hour celebration firstly of men, then children respectively. Thus it interfaces with children’s day as well, with recognition of the bonds between them.

How is Celebrated?

International Men's Day celebrations include public seminars, classroom activities at schools, radio and television programs, peaceful displays and marches, debates, panel discussions, and art displays. The way of celebrating this annual day is optional, and any innovative and appropriate forums can be used for this purpose.

International Men's day is not designed to compete with International Women's Day rather it is intended for the purpose of highlighting men's experiences. A secondary theme is suggested every year, such as peace in 2002, men’s health in 2003, healing and forgiveness in 2007, positive male role models in 2009.  It is not compulsory to follow these themes. Participants are free to come up with their own themes to suit their needs and local concerns.

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