International Men's Day is celebrated annually on November 19 and is marked across the globe to focus on the efforts towards the welfare of men by raising awareness of the issues that men face. It was started in 1992 by Thomas Oaster and its importance is revived in 1999 by Dr Jerome Teelucksingh, a history professor at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. According to the official website of International Men's Day, the demand for a day to celebrate men began around 1960, equivalent to International Women's Day on March 8.
On #InternationalMensDay, a reminder that the battle is against patriarchy. If you’re against patriarchy, you’re an ally.— #MeTooIndia (@IndiaMeToo) November 19, 2019
According to the official website of International Men's Day, the demand for a day to celebrate men began around 1960, equivalent to International Women's Day on March 8. Teelucksingh promoted International Men’s Day as a day to reflect on issues affecting men and boys worldwide. The day falls on November 19 every year and occurs at the same time with Movember, where men avoid shaving and grow their mustaches and beards to raise money and contribute to the well-being of men.
The day revolves around a lot of topics which include mental health, toxic masculinity, the prevalence of male suicide, promoting men’s health and improving gender relations. The theme for 2019 is “Making a Difference for Men and Boys”.
The six main goals of International Men's Day are to promote positive male role models, to celebrate men's positive contributions to society, to focus on men's health and well-being, to highlight discrimination against men, to promote gender equality, to improve gender relations and to create a safer and better world. This day is celebrated donating to causes related to men's health, make posters related to men's mental and physical health, and joining conversations on social media to spread awareness.