MENS DAY

International Men's day 2019: The unsung event

In Summary

•Warwick Marsh, coordinator of international men's day said the inspiration behind the theme is to promote the need to value men and boys.

•It is also aimed to help people make practical improvements in men and boy’s health and well-being.

Kahuro deputy county commissioner Wilberforce Kilonzo addressing men in Kahuro shopping centre.
Kahuro deputy county commissioner Wilberforce Kilonzo addressing men in Kahuro shopping centre.
Image: Alice Waithera

To raise awareness about men's issues, November 19 is celebrated as International Men's Day every year.

 The theme for this year's International Men's Day is: "Making a Difference for Men and Boys".

Warwick Marsh, coordinator of International Men's Day on Tuesday said the inspiration behind the theme is to promote the need to value men and boys.

 

It is also aimed to help people make practical improvements in men's and boys' health and well-being.

"International Men’s Day encourages men to lead by example. Boys need positive male role models. Our broader community also needs positive male role models. This is the best way to create a fair and safe society which allows everyone the opportunity to flourish," he said.

This year marks 27 years since the first International Men's Day celebration was held in Malta, and 20 years since the project was reinitialised in Trinidad and Tobago

Despite the existence of the global event over the past two decades, men interviewed by the Star did not recognise the day.

"Do you mean International women's day?" John Kamau asked when the question was posed.

"Is there an  International Men's Day?' and 'when is it?' Kevin Mwangi said.

"Why is it on Nov 19?" Mathew Daniels asked.

Here is what you need to know about International Men's Day.

What does it celebrate?

The aim of International Men’s Day is to celebrate positive male role models and to raise awareness of men’s issues.

These include topics such as mental health, toxic masculinity and the prevalence of male suicide.

The date coincides with the birthday of the father of Dr Jerome Teelucksingh, a doctor from Trinidad and Tobago who relaunched International Men’s Day in 1999.