Please join us in celebrating International Men's Day (IMD) and ensuring that men and boys are not left alone to suffer in silence, and recognise the incredible contributions they make to our society.
What is International Men’s Day?
IMD is a global observance held every year in over 60 countries. Each man, woman, girl, and boy in India are invited to come together and celebrate the diversity of men and boys.
IMD is also an opportunity to raise awareness and communicate key health messages to men and boys to help make a positive difference to their wellbeing, apart from promoting a positive conversation about men, manhood, and masculinity.
The theme for International Men's Day 2021 is to focus on creating a Safe Environment with 6 objectives:
To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sportsmen, but every day, working-class men who are living decent, honest lives.
To celebrate men's positive contribution to society, community, family, marriage, child care, and to the environment.
To focus on men's health and well-being; social, emotional, physical, financial, mental and spiritual wellbeing.
To highlight discrimination against males in areas of social services, social attitudes, and expectations, and law.
To improve gender relations and promote gender equality.
To create a safer, better world, where all men can grow and reach their full potential.
We at Save Indian Family Movement believes that issues that affect men also equally affect women in their lives, therefore we celebrate IMD with a gender-inclusive approach and try to ensure that issues affecting these women and girls are also resolved. Issues that affect men and boys include, and are not limited to:
The high rate of suicide among men
The challenges boys and men encounter at all stages of education and work, such as completing coursework, getting retrained, being laid off, and finding work
Health problems affecting men (including cancers and shortened life expectancy) as well as Covid-19's impact on health
Issues facing the most marginalized men and boys in society (for example, homeless men, boys in care, school exclusions, and the high rate of male deaths in prison)
Violence against men, particularly sexual violence
The challenges faced by fathers, particularly those who are new to fatherhood or who are separated from their children
Male sexual abuse survivors, survivors of rape, sexual exploitation, forced marriage, honour-based crimes, stalking, slavery, and domestic abuse
Suffer from stereotypical portrayals that minimize their suffering
There is no issue that is less important than another.
We believe this IMD will spur each other to celebrate the role men and boys play in our society, point out the barriers they face, and have fun.