International Men’s Day 2020: Significance and history of day focussing on health, the well-being of the male population

International Men’s Day 2020: Significance and history of day focussing on health, the well-being of the male population

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The day also highlights discrimination against men and the need to work towards improvement of gender relations and equality.

To celebrate the contributions and achievements of men and boys towards the nation, society and community at large, International Men’s Day is observed every year on 19 November.

International Men’s Day was introduced in 1992 on 7 February by Thomas Oaster and was revived by Jerome Teelucksing who chose 19 November to honor his father’s birthday. He also chose to celebrate the day on 19 November as on this date in 1989 Trinidad and Tobago’s football team had united the country to qualify for the World Cup.

In India, the International Men’s Day was first celebrated in the year 2007 by the leading men’s rights organisation India Family.

The theme for International Men’s Day 2020 is “Better health for men and boys”. The theme this year focuses on the improvement and enhancement of the health and wellbeing of the male population across the world.

The objective to celebrate International Men’s Day is to create awareness about men’s mental health and to look into the important aspects of their life such as social, emotional, physical and spiritual.

The day also highlights discrimination against men and the need to work towards the improvement of gender relations and equality. It also is celebrated to create awareness about causes related to men’s mental and physical health.

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