International Men’s Day 2018 – Get Involved!
In 2017, tens of thousands of people supported International Men’s Day across the UK either by organising or attending one of the 120+ events or as individuals. In the UK, #internationalmensday, has the the most popular # on Twitter in the UK for 48 hours – we had some great media articles, great events and so many heartwarming stories about men and boys – the issues they face, the encouragement to seek help and the joy they bring (the tweets from mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, partners, girlfriends and female friends were particularly moving).
In 2018, we hope that even more people across the UK take part – and there are lots of ways to get involved through:
- Organising or going to a International Men’s Day event (ideas page here)
- Fundraising or making a donation to a national or local men’s charity
- Promoting International Men’s Day on social media and elsewhere
- Supporting a boy or man you know who needs help
- Simply saying thank you to a boy or a man you know for the different they make to you
It gives you the opportunity to:
- Highlight some serious issues affecting men and boys and their wellbeing
- Make a difference to men and boys’ lives
- Celebrate Britain’s men and boys in all their diversity
- Have some serious fun
In the UK, the focus remains on how we can make a difference to men and boys, and, how we can give men and boys better life chances 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
People and organisations do not have to stick to holding an event or celebration on 19 November if they want to mark the day.