Men need to be appreciated, too

International Men’s Day – November 19

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Men deserve to have a day dedicated to themselves.

Chris Sparks, Staff writer

International Men’s Day (also referred to as International Men’s Rights and Appreciation Day) is a whole 24 hours dedicated to the struggle and complexities that men face on a daily basis.

Established in October 1992 in Trinidad, this day is celebrated on November 19 in almost every major country in the world.

Observable by pretty much anyone, it was created initially as a counterpoint to the International Women’s Day movement which is celebrated on March 8. The focus shifted towards addressing men’s rights and struggles. Jerome Teelucksingh, the man responsible for the holiday, said that men go through trials and tribulations every day and it would be criminal not to acknowledge them.

This holiday is not meant to separate or belittle women, but merely to serve as an acknowledgment of the other side of the gender division.

You can find this holiday being celebrated in places like Trinidad, Jamaica, America, Australia, and India. According to Wikipedia, “In 2020, three new themes were adopted: (1) Making a positive difference to the wellbeing and lives of men and boys (2) Raising awareness and/or funds for charities supporting men and boys’ wellbeing (3) Promoting a positive conversation about men, manhood and masculinity.” Which theme resonates most with you?

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