Prime Minister and Government become first to endorse International Men’s Day: “A Landmark Moment”
Prime Minister and Government become first to endorse
International Men’s Day:
“A landmark moment”
During Parliamentary questions1 today on whether the Government was going to mark International Men’s Day on 19 November, it was revealed that the Prime Minster, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, supports the important issues the Day seeks to address and highlight:
“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.”
This was further supported by Government Ministers with Caroline Dinenage MP, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Early Years, who stated:
“…as parents of sons up and down the country we will all be conscious about the issues he has mentioned and the Prime Minister has mentioned.”
“International Men’s Day in the UK does take a very gender-inclusive approach and therefore believes that issues affecting women and girls are also to be resolved”
“I am aware that there are 60 countries around the world that celebrate International Men’s Day and there are various different ways that they do that, focusing on men’s health and wellbeing, highlighting discrimination against men and any inequalities they face, improving gender relations and gender equality. This creates a safer world for everybody, Mr Speaker, and is always to be commended.”
This was the first endorsement by a Prime Minister and Government in the UK.
The International Men’s Day team2 in the UK, said: “This is a landmark moment. We welcome the Prime Minister’s and the Government’s support for International Men’s Day and the issues it seeks to highlight and address. It clearly proves there is now growing acceptance and recognition of issues of inequality that affect men and boys, and, a need to take these seriously.
“It gives a clear signal to both politicians and the public sector of the need to step up to the plate and ensure that practical policies and action is taken to address them. In that regard, we look forward to receiving similar messages of positive support from the leaders of the other political parties in the UK.
“This endorsement will provide comfort and an extra impetus to charities, professionals and organisations already working hard to support these issues and who often struggle to have them recognised.
“There are at least 25 events already marking the Day right across the UK, and there is still plenty of time to join these events or set up your own. These range from health days, education events and conferences. The full list can be found at www.ukmensday.org.uk/events”
The UK theme for the Day continues to be Making a Difference for Men and Boys.
The theme is designed to help more people consider what action we can all take to Make a Difference by addressing 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
The key issue of focus at a national level for 2016 is “supporting boys with their academic, employment, personal, social and health education“. There will also be a continuation of the attention on male suicide. International Men’s day also coincides with International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
Notes to Editors
- Women and Equalities Oral questions (27 October 2016) – (09:59) http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/972b6c7f-bf64-4800-819d-2fdc0cc0a07c
2. The International Men’s Day Team are:
Glen Poole, UK Coordinator of International Men’s Day
Dan Bell, Features Editor, insideMAN magazine
Mark Brooks, Chair, The ManKind Initiative charity
Martin Daubney, Journalist and broadcaster
Ally Fogg, Writer and Journalist
Dr Ben Hine, Lecturer in Psychology, University of West London
Please visit: www.ukmensday.org.uk
Telephone: Mark Brooks on 07834 452357
Dan Bell on 07747 463255