FC Bournemouth will be raising awareness for International Men’s Day at the home game with Huddersfield this weekend.
Objectives of International Men’s Day include a focus on men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is an occasion for men to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care while highlighting the discrimination against them.
Sunday 19th November is International Men’s Day and to mark the occasion, the Cherries are welcoming a group from the Safer Poole Partnership and Dorset Rape Crisis Centre to Vitality Stadium – looking to raise awareness of the support people can get if they feel they’ve been affected by sexual violence.
Nationally, statistics show that sexual violence against men and boys is significantly under reported and this is also the case here in Dorset. As part of today’s International Men’s Day we as a club are looking to highlight the support available to men and boys, as well as encouraging victims to come forward and report abuse that has happened to them.
International Men’s Day in the UK gives everyone a chance to celebrate and think about the contribution that men and boys make to our society. Whether as mates, brothers, sons, grandsons, husbands, boyfriends, fathers and grandfathers.
It also offers an opportunity for men and boys to think about some of the problems they face and to remind them that there are organisations that can help.
Prostate Cancer UK – www.prostatecanceruk.org
Depression or suicidal thoughts – www.samaritans.org or www.thecalmzone.net
Companionship or loneliness – menssheds.org.uk
Domestic Abuse – www.mankind.org.uk
Eating Disorders – mengetedstoo.co.uk
Family law issues – www.fnf.org.uk
If you are lucky enough not to need help, then you can still help men you know by telling them about these.
Later in the season at Vitality Stadium, we will also be celebrating International Women’s Day.