Charities, campaigners and academics call on political parties to put men’s issues on political agenda

Charities, campaigners and academics call on political parties to put men’s issues on political agenda

Dozens of charities, campaigners and academics1 have called on political parties to make a commitment to tackling men’s issues in the run up to International Men’s Day (19 November).

In a joint letter, Government and Shadow Equalities Ministers and Equalities Spokespeople of all political parties have been invited to make a public statement of their support for International Men’s Day in 2015 and beyond.

 

The call follows a successful move by campaigners to secure the first ever political debate on “Male Suicide and International Men’s Day” in the House of Commons later on 19 November 2015. A move that was supported by leading charities and professional bodies including CALM, Samaritans, the British Psychological Society and the British Association of Social Workers.

 

Glen Poole, UK Coordinator for International Men’s Day, said:

 

“International Men’s Day is a day for highlighting the positive contribution that men and boys make to their families, their communities and the world.

 

“At a time when the role of men in our society is changing and evolving, it is also an opportunity to consider whether the way we talk about men and masculinity in politics, the media and elsewhere is helping or hindering boys to make a healthy transition into manhood.

 

“We acknowledge that the majority of politicians in the UK are men, but there are very few politicians, male or female, who take time to discuss the men’s issues listed above and put forward political solutions to these problems.

 

“At a time when men in crisis and distress and being encouraged to reach out and talk about their issues, we want to see MPs of all parties leading by example by talking about men’s issues on International Men’s Day.”

 

The areas that supporters of International Men’s Day want to see MPs address include:

 

  • The high male suicide rate
  • Men’s health and shorter life expectancy
  • The challenges faced by men who are fathers
  • The challenges faced by boys at all stages of education
  • All forms of crime, violence and abuse involving men and boys
  • The challenges faced by the most marginalised men and boys in society (e.g. those sleeping rough, boys in care etc)
  • The issues of concern to all men and boys with a “protected characteristic” under the Equality Act 2010

 

 

ENDS

Notes to Editors

  1. Signatories:

Glen Poole, UK Coordinator of International Men’s Day

Mark Brooks, Chair, The ManKind Initiative

Duncan Craig, CEO, Survivors Manchester

Martin Daubney, Journalist, broadcaster and committee member, Being A Man Festival

Ally Fogg, Writer and journalist
Martin Seager, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Jack Broadley, Founder/Chairman, Baggy Trousers charity

Nick Smithers, National Development Officer, Abused Men in Scotland

Bob Balfour, Founder, Survivors West Yorkshire

Duncan Fisher, former CEO of the Fatherhood Institute

John Adams, Author, Dadbloguk.com

Paul Apreda, National Manager, FNF Both Parents Matter Cymru

Duncan Alldridge, Founder, Deep Diving Men

Kenny D’Cruz, Personal Development Consultant, The Man Whisperer

Dan Bell, Features Editor, insideMan magazine

Dr Nicola Graham-Kevan, Reader in the Psychology of Aggression at UCLAN

Belinda Brown, Research Director at Men for Tomorrow
Gijsbert Stoet, Reader in Psychology, University of Glasgow

Dr Elizabeth A. Bates, Senior Lecturer in Applied Psychology, University of Cumbria

Dr Jessica McCarrick, Chartered Psychologist, Teesside University

Richard Duncker, Founder, Men Do Complain

Peter Morris, Chairman, Men’s Aid (Northern Ireland)

John Barry, Chartered Psychologist and Research Associate at UCL Medical School

Sara Westle, Honorary Patron, The ManKind Initiative

Ian Young, domestic abuse survivor

Paul Chivers, domestic abuse survivor

Gerald Cash, Founder and Chairman, Men Have Rights Too

 

  1. Text

Addressed to: 

  • The Rt. Hon Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities
  • Caroline Dinenage MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Family Justice
  • Kate Green OBE MP, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities

4)             Angela Crawley MP, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Equalities, Women and Children)

  • Baroness Hussein-Ece OBE, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson forWomen and Equalities
  • Liz Saville Roberts MP , Spokesperson (Women and Equalities), Plaid Cymru
  • Jim Shannon MP, Spokesperson (Equality), Democratic Unionist Party

8)             Mr Benali Hamdache, Equalities Spokesperson, the Green Party

  • Louise Bours MEP, Health Spokesman, UKIP

 

Subject: Recognition of International Men’s Day (19 November 2015)

 

As supporters of International Men’s Day in the UK, we invite politicians of all parties to join us in celebrating men and boys in all their diversity each year on 19 November. Many organisations led by men and women across the country are already doing so.

 

International Men’s Day is a day for highlighting the positive contribution that men and boys make to their families, their communities and the world.

 

At a time when the role of men in our society is changing and evolving, it is also an opportunity to consider whether the way we talk about men and masculinity in politics, the media and elsewhere is helping or hindering boys to make a healthy transition into manhood.

 

International Men’s Day provides a platform for politicians to consider what action we can take to address the many social issues that impact men and boys in our country. These include:

 

  • The high male suicide rate
  • Men’s health and shorter life expectancy
  • The challenges faced by men who are fathers
  • The challenges faced by boys at all stages of education
  • All forms of crime, violence and abuse involving men and boys
  • The challenges faced by the most marginalised men and boys in society (for instance, those sleeping rough and boys in care)
  • The issues of concern to all men and boys with a “protected characteristic” under the Equality Act 2010

 

We acknowledge that the majority of politicians in the UK are men, but there are very few politicians, male or female, who take time to discuss the men’s issues listed above and put forward political solutions to these problems.

 

We invite men and women of all political parties to join us in making a public statement of their support for International Men’s Day on 19th November in 2015 and each year thereafter.

 

Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to receiving a positive reply.

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