About IMD UK
International Men’s Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated in over 80 countries including the UK on 19 November. It was inaugurated in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago and has backing from UNESCO.
IMD is a global grassroots movement that invites every man, woman, girl and boy in the world to come together and celebrate men and boys in all their diversity. It gives everyone in the UK who wants to celebrate International Men’s Day the opportunity to help work towards IMD’s shared objectives and it six key pillars which are applied equally to men and boys irrespective of their age, ability, social background, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, religious belief and relationship status.
In the UK
The UK’s national co-ordinator is Glen Poole (Director at the consultancy Helping Men) and the IMD UK team include Glen, Mark Brooks (Chair of the ManKind Initiative) and Dan Bell (editor of insideMAN magazine), Martin Daubney (Journalist and broadcaster), Ally Fogg (Writer and Journalist) and Dr. Ben Hine (Lecturer in Psychology, University of West London). These are the official International Men’s Day guardians and team and oversee the brand and website in the UK as designated and appointed by the worldwide International Men’s Day organisers.
Each year the event has gone from strength to strength and is marked and celebrated by variety of organisations in the private , public and charitable sectors in the UK. Many have used it to highlight the need to provide more support from men and boys as well as the support they already provide.
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.
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