Every year, November 19 is celebrated as International Men's Day worldwide to honour the men who are making positive changes in society while raising awareness for issues faced by gender. Males have also been the victims of patriarchy, societal norms, mental health, and suicide which is also the biggest killer of men under the age of 45. Founded in 1999 by Dr Jerome Teelucksingh after persistent calls since the 1960s for the creation of an equivalent to International Women's Day because the contributions made by men also deserve a day of recognition in their own right and to celebrate equality.
The six pillars of the objective to celebrate the male gender includes the promotion of positive male role models apart from celebrities who are also living honest lives and their contributions. It is also essential for men to focus on their mental health and wellbeing in all aspects of life, social, emotional, physical and spiritual. On November 19, the discrimination against men is also highlighted especially in the areas of social services, attitudes, expectations, and law while improving gender relations and equality.
People on the internet have taken this opportunity of Men's Day to celebrate the men in their lives with all the 'beautiful' things they do and the reason their life is 'as precious for them as women's'. From the homeless people to victims of domestic abuse, and law, men in all phases of life deserve the same recognition as any other gender. Some of the internet users, took on Twitter to motivate men to reject the stereotypes and 'truly express themselves', while others compared this day to March 8 which is celebrated as International Men's Day.
👨Today is #InternationalMensDay and we want to celebrate male mental health role models.🏅— Mental Health Fdn (@mentalhealth) November 19, 2019
📣Now, it’s over to you - who is your male mental health role model❓
🗣️It is YOUR voice that inspires us to keep working hard towards a world with good mental health for men and boys: pic.twitter.com/Mb3pmeMOPv
On #InternationalMensDay2019 I feel particularly proud to be Vice Chair of the fantastic @DadsRockEdin— Liann Weir (@liannweir) November 19, 2019
So many wonderful and dedicated men, in particular our Thomas @Tomcat_Rocks working for and leading the organisation to help dads be the best they can be for their children pic.twitter.com/GPDkZG92kI
Today is #InternationalMensDay and we need to open up more than we need to man up. If we do it will save lives. @allontheboard #InternationalMensDay2019 #WhyMenNeedABreًak #MensMentalHealthMonth #SuicidePrevention #MentalHealth #MensDay #allontheboard pic.twitter.com/c4IbcPxUEA— All on the board (@allontheboard) November 19, 2019
Dear Men, Reject all the social norms that stop you from expressing yourselves. Unlearn, don’t succumb to the imaginary role of unbreakable provider. Live, laugh, love, cry, share, eat ice creams, get pedicure; do whatever it takes.— nope not you (@TheSortedChaos) November 19, 2019
Take care lovelies ♥️ #InternationalMensDay2019
Sharing the love story of a real life hero Major Shashidharan Nair who kept his promise of 'till death do us part' by marrying his fiancee who was rendered wheelchair bound after their engagement. He was a true gentleman. #Respect #InternationalMensDay2019 pic.twitter.com/H7XOIIundO— Roshani 🇮🇳 (@RoshaniH81) November 19, 2019