The Six Pillars of International Men’s Day

The six key pillars of International Men’s Day are set out below and each year a theme is chosen that is used to express these six pillars. In 2013, this is Keeping Men and Boys Safe.



(1)       To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sports men but everyday, working class men who are living decent, honest lives.


(2)       To celebrate men’s positive contributions; to society, community, family, marriage, child care, and to the environment


(3)       To focus on men’s health and wellbeing; social, emotional, physical and spiritual.


(4)       To highlight discrimination against males; in areas of social services, social attitudes and expectations, and law


(5)       To improve gender relations and promote gender equality.


(6)       To create a safer, better world; where people can be safe and grow to reach their full potential.