How to mark IMD 2020
This year International Men’s Day, which is held on Thursday 19th November 2020.
It provides a fantastic opportunity for you to:
- Highlight some serious issues effecting men and boys and their wellbeing
- Make a difference to men and boys’ lives
- Raise awareness and/or funds for charities supporting men and boys’ wellbeing
- Celebrate Britain’s men and boys in all their diversity
- Have some serious fun
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 the UK, the focus and themes are:
- Making a positive difference to the wellbeing and lives of men and boys
- Promoting a positive conversation about men, manhood and masculinity
- Raising awareness and/or funds for charities supporting men and boys’ wellbeing
These themes are designed to help organisations and people consider what action they can take to help 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
- Men’s health, 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
It is also a great opportunity to support and raise funds for charities that support the wellbeing of men and boys.
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 previous years (click on the events page and go to ‘previous events’ or look here 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 , in 2015) and for general ideas, please see here and here.
We have suggested some men and boys’ charities you could support.
Whatever your age, background or beliefs…….
Whatever your race, ability or sexuality
Whether you male, female or none of the above……..
International Men’s Day is your day to enjoy however you want to enjoy it.
You can hold whatever event or celebration* you like to “Make a Difference to Men and Boys”
YOU CAN HAVE SOME SERIOUS FUN
- Fundraising for a men and boys charity (see suggested list)
- By wearing a stick-on moustache for no good reason all day long
- By having an International Men’s Day party
- By doing something daft – with or without a moustache – to raise money for a local charity that supports men and boys
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 (including work)
- By using the day to raise awareness of issues facing men and boys (many companies use it to support male employees) – Champions Speakers Agency is suggesting 10 Top Male Speakers for International Men’s Day 2020
- By taking action to support an existing organisations, campaigns or projects
YOU CAN CELEBRATE MEN AND BOYS IN ALL THEIR HAIRY DIVERSITY
- By organising a “Tash Dash” fun run to raise money or local organisations working with men and boys
- By voting “World’s Greatest Man” event in your workplace, club or community (many companies ask colleagues to write blogs – very inclusive in involving female work colleagues!)
- Celebrate the event in schools – TES has produced an International Men’s Day education kit
- By sending an International Men’s Day card to the important men in your life who you want to acknowledge – a relative, friend, neighbour, colleague, stranger 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.
It’s your day to celebrate in the way you want to celebrate it.