Today is International Men’s Day (IHL), a dedication that is celebrated every November 19. It was established in 1992 by Thomas Oaster, a professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas, and popularized more than 20 years ago.
It began to be commemorated internationally in 1999 promoted by Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, professor of history at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad Tobago.
Ironically it is Mrs. Ingeborg Breines, director of UNESCO’s “Women and Culture of Peace” program, who first supported the initiative to choose an international men’s day, calling it “an excellent idea that will provide a bit of balance between the sexes” , and was interested in cooperating.
Despite the foregoing, since entities such as the WHO recognize that the issue of equity and men’s health should be included on the agenda, so far the support has not been officially or massively specified.
That is one of the reasons why this day has an even lower level of recognition than the similar Women’s Day, which even has official status and financial support in some countries.
International Men’s Day aims to celebrate positive masculine values and raise awareness about the social problems that men and boys face, such as:
a) Three out of every 4 suicides are men.
b) Two out of every 3 violent deaths are suffered by men.
c) Men die 6 years younger than women on average.
d) Boys underperform girls at all stages of education.
e) Parents who want to be more involved in their children’s lives face a number of barriers.
The celebration focuses on what unites humanity, to achieve the six key goals of the day,
This day coincides with an annual international event known as “Movember”, (Mustache = mustache and November = November), which ratifies the “6 pillars” that apply equally to all men, regardless of their age, ability, social origin , legal status, race, beliefs, sexual orientation or gender identity.
1.- Promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sportsmen, but everyday, working-class men who live lives of dignity and honor.
2.- Celebrate the positive contributions of men to society; to the community, to the family, to marriage, to the care of children and the environment.
3.- Focus on the health and well-being of men; in the social, emotional, physical and spiritual.
4.- Highlight discrimination against men; in the areas of social service, in social attitudes and expectations, and legislation.
5.- Improve gender relations and promote gender equality.
6.- Create a safer and better world, where people can be safe and grow to reach their full potential.
There is an equality in origin “And God created the human being in his image; He created it in the image of God. Male and female he created them ”(Genesis 1:27 NIV).
Both male and female were created equally in the image of God. There is no indication in any passage of the Bible that says that one carries more or less image of God than the other.