[dropcap]F[/dropcap]irst conceived in February of 1991, the project of International Men’s Day was inaugurated a year later – in February 1992. The project of International Men’s Day was revived in 1999 in the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago.
Jerome Teelucksing, a doctor from Trinidad and Tobago, chose November 19 to celebrate International Men’s Day in honour of his father’s birthday. International Men’s Day, Dr Teelucksingh believed, is not just a gendered day but an event to address issues relating to men and boys.
This day also aims to celebrate “invisible” men who positively influence their gender, are inspiring role models for boys and try to raise awareness of men’s mental health.
International Men’s Day tries to create a conversation around things like mental health, toxic masculinity and the prevalence of male suicide.
International Men’s Day also explores issues like real-life options, poverty, hunger, homelessness, fatherlessness, parental alienation, mass incarceration, religious and ethnic intolerance which may prevent men and boys from living healthier, purpose-driven, and longer lives.
Who is the real MAN to be celebrated on International Men’s Day?
A man is one of the most vital parts of God’s creation.
He sacrifices his dreams for just a smile on his parents’ face.
He spends his entire pocket money on buying gifts for the lady he loves, just to see her smiling.
He sacrifices his full youth for his wife & children by working late at night without any complaint.
He builds their future by taking loans from banks & repaying them for his entire lifetime.
He struggles a lot & still has to bear scolding from his mother, wife and boss.
His life ends up only by compromising for others’ happiness.
If he goes out, he is careless.
If he stays at home, he is lazy.
If he scolds his children, he is a monster.
If he doesn’t scold them, he is an irresponsible man.
If he stops his wife from working, then he is an insecure man.
If he doesn’t stop his wife from working, then he is somebody who lives on his wife’s earnings.
If he listens to mom, he is mama’s boy.
If he listens to his wife, he is, his wife’s slave.
If he does not play he is too serious, stern and stiff.
If he plays, he is a joker who never matures.
If he dresses well, he is extravagant and a possible womanizer. If he doesn’t dress well, he is a loser who is not a gentleman.
Respect every male in your life. You will never know what he has sacrificed for you.
Happy International Men’s day!!!
So, today is a good day to make a difference in this world on International Men’s Day. Be more empathetic and open in understanding gender. Be a man for a day and see what it is like?
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