About IMD in the 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 Men and Boys Coalition is responsible for International Men’s Day in the UK and oversee the brand, themes and website as designated and appointed by the worldwide International Men’s Day organisers. It is not responsible for the events that are held to support IMD.
The UK’s national co-ordinators and ambassadors are the trustees of the Men and Boys Coalition* – Dan Bell (Editor of insideMAN magazine and CEO of the Men and Boys Coalition), Mark Brooks OBE (Chair of the ManKind Initiative), Ally Fogg (Writer and Journalist), Dr. Ben Hine (Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of West London), Glen Poole (Director at the consultancy Helping Men), Sonia Shaljean (founder and Managing Director of Lads Need Dads) Geoffrey Williams (Diversity & Inclusion Professional, Co-Founder Rocking Ur Teens). Glen was the first national co-ordinator and instigator for International Men’s Day in the UK. Martin Daubney (broadcaster and journalist) and Duncan Craig OBE (CEO of Survivors Manchester) are also ambassadors.
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.
Please feel free to browse the website for more information and please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
*All are also trustees of the Men and Boys Coalition