ANNOUNCING INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY – 2010
International Men’s Day is an occasion celebrated the world over with the following core objectives:
- To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sports men but common men who are living decent, honest lives.
- To celebrate men’s positive contributions to society, community, family, marriage, child care, and to the environment.
- To focus on the health and wellbeing of men and boys; social, emotional, physical and spiritual health.
- To highlight discrimination against men; in areas of social services, social attitudes and expectations, and law.
- To improve gender relations and promote true gender equality; in other words, eliminate misandry and end the gender war.
- To create a safer, better world; where men, women and children feel secure within and outside the home, and grow to reach their full potential.
Since the inception of International Men’s Day (IMD) in 1999, the number of countries celebrating the occasion has been growing every year. While India joined the celebrations in year 2007, the number of nations observing IMD has crossed 40 this year.
In India, awareness about IMD is increasing, with more and more cities and organizations conducting public celebrations in the form of setting up websites and blogs, organizing road shows, vehicle rallies, meetings and conferences. This year too, many similar public events are being organized across the country to include men and women from all walks of life and to encourage everyone to celebrate and honour the men in their lives.
In Hyderabad, All India Men’s Welfare Association (AIMWA) and All India Forgotten Women’s Association (AIFWA) are organizing a gathering of men and women on 18 November, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Basheerbagh Press Club where experts in various fields will be speaking about the physical and emotional health of men, issues men face as protectors and providers, problems men encounter during their old “unproductive” age when they cease to be protectors and providers, discrimination against men under law, devaluation of men’s lives and the growing disdain and disrespect against male sexuality (See invitation for details). The valuable inputs of these experts will be compiled in the form of a Resolution, with a list of necessary measures and achievable goals.
The highlight of the event would be “Celebrating Positive Male Role Models”. We will be honouring three ordinary men who have been doing extraordinary work in the areas of academic, civic and spiritual education, respectively.
On 19 November, we will request a brief audience from the Governor of Andhra Pradesh, to personally greet him on the occasion, and to submit a memorandum seeking the establishment of a State Commission for Men, so that we become the first State in the country to dedicate a government body to men as an acknowledgement of the many positive contributions, services and sacrifices our men render to make life comfortable and secure for everyone within the family and the society.
Through the memorandum, we will also request the Government of Andhra Pradesh to develop, sponsor and support programs for
- Addressing various issues affecting men within and outside the home or workplace;
- Men’s health and well-being, focusing on illnesses specifically affecting men, including occupational health hazards;
- Education on avoiding addictions and de-addiction programs for rehabilitation of persons prone to substance abuse;
- Providing social, occupational and financial security to farmers, fishermen, artisans and other crucial service providers so as to stop their suicides;
- Ensuring better working conditions, salaries and professional development opportunities for men in uniform, be it law enforcement, armed forces or other security forces.
- Creating detention centres to hold men accused of offences rather than putting them in jail straight away, and improving the overall conditions of prisons for convicts.