Annually, International Men’s Day is celebrated to throw light on the positive value men bring to the world, families and communities. This day highlights the positive role models and raises awareness of men’s well-being.

The objectives of celebrating an International Men's Day are set out in “All The Six Pillars of International Men's Day.” It is an occasion to celebrate boys' and men's achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to the nation, union, society, community, family, marriage, and childcare. The broader and ultimate aim of the event is to promote basic humanitarian values, as well as awareness towards men's issues. 

Unlike International Women’s Day, International Men’s Day is also not recognized by the United Nations General Assembly. The UN celebrates “World Toilet Day” on November 19, annually. 

International Men’s Day 2021: Date


International Men’s Day is celebrated on November 19, annually, at the international level.  

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International Men’s Day 2021: Theme 

One of the six pillars of International Men’s Day is to improve gender relations and promote gender equality not only for men but for women too. In this light our theme for 2021 is “Better relations between men and women.”

International Men’s Day 2021: History

The day was inaugurated by Dr Jerome Teelucksingh in the year 1999. The day was selected on November 19, because on this date Jerome’s father was born. 

Dr Jerome was a history lecturer at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad Tobago. Teelucksingh has promoted International Men's Day as not just a gendered day but a day where all issues affecting men and boys can be addressed. He has said of IMD and its grassroots activists, “They are striving for gender equality and patiently attempt to remove the negative images and the stigma associated with men in our society.”

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International Men’s Day 2021: Objective of Men’s Day

The objectives behind the celebration of the day are as follows:- 

  • Valuing male role models
  • Acknowledging the contribution of men and boys
  • Improving male health
  • Tackling discrimination and disadvantage
  • Fostering positive gender relations
  • Making the world a safer place for everyone

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