International Men’s Day in the UK on Sunday 19 November 2017 coincides with International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. To help the world mark these two Days, we are inviting men and women all over the UK to join us in adopting the official International Men’s Day Theme for 2017.
Objectives of International Men’s Day include a focus on men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is an occasion for men to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care while highlighting the discrimination against them.
The theme for 2017 is Celebrate Men and Boys. We know that Men’s health is worse than women’s in almost every part of the world. Recent World Health Organization (WHO) data shows that, globally, male life expectancy at birth in 2015 was 69 years; for females, it was 74 years. Women on a worldwide basis live 5 years longer than men. We know that over 95% of work place fatalities are men and that 99% of combat deaths are men.
We also know that in almost all the countries of the world the suicide rate is worse for men than women and averaged out, the rate of suicide for men is up to three times that of women. In Russia it is 6 men for every 1 women. Most people know that men suffer unfair discrimination in family law in most countries of the world and in western nations men and boys are dropping behind in school and university.
International Men’s Day in the UK provides a fantastic opportunity for you to:
- Have some serious fun
- Highlight some serious issues
- Celebrate Britain’s men and boys in all their diversity
Last year, was the most successful celebration of International Men’s Day in the UK ever. There were over 40 events and celebrations from community events and business events to student events and political events. There was also huge media and social med, You can see who did what last year here and view an overall summary of the Day here.
International Men’s Day (IMD) is a global day of observance held every year in more than 60 countries around the globe.
IMD is a global grassroots movement that invites every man, woman, girl and boy in the world to come together and celebrate men and boys in all their diversity.
As a day of observance IMD places its focus on that which unites humanity – giving everyone who wants to celebrate International Men’s Day the opportunity to help work towards IMD’s shared objectives which are applied equally to men and boys irrespective of their age, ability, social background, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, religious belief and relationship status.
Those objectives are:
- To promote male role models
- To celebrate the contribution that men make
- To focus on men’s health and wellbeing
- To highlight discrimination against men the inequalities that men and boys face
- To improve gender relations and promote gender equality
- To create a safer world for everyone