Welcome to International Men’s Day UK

Welcome to International Men’s Day UK

International Men’s Day in the UK is on 19 November every year.

Every year, International Men’s Day in the UK is marked by more and more women, men and organisations across the country. Over the month of November in 2016 there were over 60 events and celebrations from a Parliamentary debate to community events, business events, student events, political events, conferences, film launches and exhibitions. 2016 was even bigger than in previous years and more people and organisations than ever got involved and supported these events.

International Men’s Day in the UK provides a fantastic opportunity for you to:

  • Highlight some serious issues
  • Celebrate Britain’s men and boys in all their diversity
  • Have some serious fun

People do not have to stick to holding an event or celebration on 19 November if they want to mark the day!

The UK theme for the Day continues to be  “Making a Difference for Men and Boys”.  

The theme is designed to help more people consider what action we can all take to “Make a Difference” by addressing some of the issues that affect Men and Boys such as:

  • The high male suicide rate
  • The challenges faced by boys and men at all stages of education including attainment
  • Men’s health, shorter life expectancy and workplace deaths
  • The challenges faced by the most marginalised men and boys in society (for instance, homeless men, boys in care and the high rate of male deaths in custody)
  • Male victims of violence, including sexual violence
  • The challenges faced by men as parents, particularly new fathers and separated fathers
  • Male victims and survivors of sexual abuse, rape, sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, forced marriage, honour-based crime, stalking and slavery
  • The negative portrayal of men, boys and fathers

The key issue of focus at a national level for 2016 was “supporting boys with their academic, employment, personal, social and health education“. There will also be a continuation of the attention on male suicide. International Men’s day also coincides with International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.

At a local level, what areas, issues and activities people and organisations chose to mark International Men’s Day is entirely up to you. To help with ideas people looked at what others were doing in 2016 and also in previous years here and view an overall summary of 2015 here. For general ideas, please see here.

International Men’s Day (IMD) is a global day of observance held every year in more than 60 countries around the globe.

It 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

IMD in the UK takes a gender inclusive approach and therefore believes in ensuring that issues affecting women and girls are also resolved.

It also recognises the intersection between gender and other factors such as race and sexuality which can compound the inequalities affecting men and boys.

We trust that you will find the information on this website valuable in spurring you into celebrating the role men and boys play in our society, highlighting the barriers they face and having some serious fun. If you need further information, please contact us here.

If you are interested in Men and Boys issues all year round – please look at the Men and Boys Coalition.

Best wishes and good luck!

Glen, Mark, Dan, Ally, Martin and Ben

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