The Uncommon Man

September 20, 2006

In support of International Men's Day

Following is a description of International Men's Day sent to us with an invitation to participate from our colleagues in Trinidad & Tobago -- specifically, Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh. As you can see, this annual observance has admirable goals and has created some positive momentum in the communities involved.

The theme for this year is “A World Without Prostitution and pornography”. It includes a focus on the effects of prostitution and pornography on the individual and family life. Some topics for discussion: Is it possible to ever eradicate prostitution and pornography? Do individuals who view porn experience psychological and emotional problems? Is the media assisting the porn and prostitution

---------------------------------------- INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY 19th November

The objectives of celebrating an International Men’s Day include improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, producing responsible males and highlighting positive role models.

The annual observance of International Men's Day on November 19th seeks to address problems and challenges facing men. These issues include the involvement of men in domestic violence, drug abuse, fathering, homicides, sports, media, power, sexuality, politics, religion, parenting, war, suicides and family life.

Some of the goals of Men’s Day – to promote unity, resolve disputes, cultivate greater understanding between men and women, increase tolerance and thus create a safer, better world.

This special day for men was initiated in November 1999 and received an overwhelming response from men's groups in North America, the Caribbean, Asia, Africa and Europe. In public forums, discussion groups and conferences, attempts were made to address and seek
solutions for the problems facing males in today's society.

Individuals, international associations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and religious bodies have been contacted to assist in the observance of this special day.

There is also a need for the regular hosting of international conferences on men to address issues and seek solutions.

Hopefully, in the long-term we can make International Men's Day on November 19th an annual worldwide event with beneficial results. It is hoped that men interested in improving themselves and reforming other males would be part of this ongoing "Men's Revolution" and annually celebrate International Men's Day.

At work, in our communities, schools and religious institutions, there should be dialogue between both sexes for greater understanding and tolerance. Thanks for your support and advice in this endeavour as we strive for gender equality and attempt to remove the negative images and the stigma associated with men in our society.

Posted by Daniel at September 20, 2006 10:44 AM


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