How to Mark IMD in 2021
This year International Men’s Day is held on Friday 19th November 2021.
In the UK, there are lots of fantastic opportunities for you to get involved, including:
- Highlight some serious issues affecting men and boys and their wellbeing (see this page for the theme and issues)
- Encourage and support men and boys in getting support including signposting and making it more accessible
- Hold events, run campaigns, tweet/post/send messages
- Raise money for charities supporting men and boys
- Promoting a positive conversation about men, manhood and masculinity
- Celebrate Britain’s men and boys
- Have some fun!
Across November in the UK in previous years there have been a Parliamentary debate, policy launches, employer days, community events, health days, business events, staff support days, debates, student events, political events, lectures, research launches, gigs, charity promotion days, book launches, mental health discussions, film showings, conferences, competitions, comedy nights, get-togethers, award announcements and charity fundraisers – the most anywhere in the world. There is not “set” type of thing you can do!
People and organisations do not have to stick to holding an event or celebration on 19 November if they want to mark the day.
In 2020, despite the pandemic, there were still over 200 events held in the UK.
It is also a great opportunity to support, signpost and raise funds for charities that support the wellbeing of men and boys.
YOU CAN HAVE SOME SERIOUS FUNhttps://diversity-inclusion-speakers.com/topics/international-mens-day/
- Fundraising for a men and boys charity (see suggested list) – why not contact them for ideas/fundraising packs?
- Running quizzes, competitions, speaker events (get a local sports star / hero in), social night down the pub, comedy night, gig, night at the greyhounds etc
YOU CAN HIGHLIGHT SOME SERIOUS ISSUES AFFECTING MEN AND BOYS AND THEIR WELLBEING
- By organising an International Men’s Day event in your area or at an organisation you are involved in (including work) – getting speakers in (including motivational speakers or speakers from charities), hold conferences, health events, encourage men to seek help (signposting)
- Create videos, posters and/or use social media
- Issue positive messages on the importance of checking for male cancers, support on mental health and how important men are to the success of your organisation
- Signpost men and boys to charities and organisations that can help them – great for employers (intranets, leaflets), sports clubs and public services (health, police, councils etc)
- By using the day to raise awareness of issues facing men and boys (many companies use it to support male employees)
- Launch new research, campaigns and polices on men and boys issues
- There are speaker agencies with motivational speakers specifically for International Men’s Day (Champion Speaker Agency, Diversity and Inclusion Speaker agency)
- By taking action to support an existing organisations, campaigns or projects
YOU CAN CELEBRATE MEN AND BOYS IN ALL THEIR HAIRY DIVERSITY
- By voting “World’s Greatest Man” event in your workplace, club or community – great for school-children (include girls in this!) and many companies ask colleagues to write blogs (very inclusive if you involve female work colleagues!)
- Celebrate the event in schools – TES has produced an International Men’s Day education kit
- You can arrange a Community Appreciation Event
- By sending an International Men’s Day message or card to the important men in your life who you want to acknowledge – a relative, friend, neighbour, colleague or partner
- Just putting a message on Facebook or Twitter!
- By taking steps to forgive a man who you haven’t forgiven for something
See how other organisations in the UK celebrated International Men’s Day in previous years.
It doesn’t matter if you’re an individual sending a card to man in your life you want to say ‘Thank You’ to, a small group having of men sharing a few beers or a big group of people putting on a great fundraising event, whatever you do this International Men’s Day, make sure you enjoy it. The day is is meant to be fun and serious.
It’s your day to celebrate in the way you want to celebrate it.