Women are being celebrated around the globe today, in honour of their achievements and contributions to changing society positively. But the phrase “Is there an International Men’s Day?” often crops up on social media around this time every year. Some people have even posted the hashtag #InternationalMensDay as they are calling for sexism to be “reversed”.
When is International Men’s Day?
Despite vast uproar there is actually an International Men’s Day and this year takes place on Tuesday, November 19.
The date is also the birthday of the father Dr Jerome Teelucksingh.
He was a doctor from Trinidad and Tobago who started International Men’s Day back in 1999.
International Men’s Day recognises men who are making positive contributions to society around the world.
The day also raises awareness of men’s issues, such as mental health and toxic masculinity.
Men are three times more likely to take their own lives than women, according to the Samaritans.
International Men’s Day also falls in the same month as Movember.
For this day, men grow a beard or a moustache to encourage conversations about male mental health.
Dr Teelucksingh said: “The observances of International Men’s Day are part of a global love revolution.
“International Men’s Day is observed on an annual basis by persons from all walks of life, who support the ongoing effort to improve lives, heal scarred hearts, seek solutions to social problems, mend troubled minds, reform the social outcasts and uplift the dysfunctional.
“I0nternational Men’s Day is designed to promote positive role models in society and develop wholesome individuals.”
This day has been taking place for more than two decades.
Comedy Richard Herring also promotes International Men’s Day every year.
His tweets helped him raise more than £150,000 for Refuge, a domestic violence charity.
Last year, he responded to people on Twitter who were angry about International Women’s Day by saying: “Hey I was as angry as you, but when I googled it to see if it was possible to set a men’s day up I discovered someone had already done it, it’s November 19. Good news, hey?”