Welcome to International Men’s Day in the UK

Former Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May MP“I recognise the important issues that this event seeks to highlight, including men’s health, male suicide rates and the underperformance of boys in schools, these are serious issues that must be addressed in a considered way.”

Welcome to International Men’s Day in the UK.

International Men’s Day in the UK is on 19 November every year (Thursday this year) – it is celebrated around the world in at least 60 countries.

Every year, International Men’s Day in the UK is marked by more and more women, men and organisations across the country.  Across November in the UK there is a Parliamentary debate, policy launches, employer days, community events, health days, business events, debates, student events, political events, gigs, conferences, competitions, comedy nights and charity fundraisers – the most anywhere in the world.

There were over 200 events in 2018 – and even more in 2019 (plus #internationalmensday was the biggest Twitter trend in the UK on the day). Let’s make 2020 even bigger!

Organisations and people do not have to stick to holding an event or celebration on 19 November if they want to mark the day (Thursday this year). 

The three core themes for International Men’s Day in the UK are:

  • Making a positive difference to the wellbeing and lives of men and boys
  • Raising awareness and/or funds for charities supporting men and boys’ wellbeing
  • Promoting a positive conversation about men, manhood and masculinity

These core themes help to address 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 and re-skilling
  • Men’s health (including male cancers), 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

Key statistics on the above can be found here

At a local level, the areas, issues and activities people, charities, employers  and organisations choose to mark International Men’s Day is entirely up to them. To help with ideas many people looked at what others were doing in 20192018 (and here), 20172016 , in 2015 and 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.

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, Ben, Martin, Duncan, Geoffrey and Sonia

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