All over the world, it is not a new thing that women’s days tend to have more visibility. Everyone knows of International Women’s Day, Mother’s Day and other days that have to do with celebrating women but very few people know about the days that are dedicated for men. In a bid to build up women we have neglected the boys who eventually turn men. Recently, there has been a noticeable drive for progress for the Girl Child, but we have to be careful not to leave the Male Child behind as both genders need to be empowered for a flourishing society.
Today, 19th November, is INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY. It is observed on an annual basis by persons from all walks of life, who support the ongoing effort to improve lives, heal scarred hearts, seek solutions to social problems, mend troubled minds, reform the social outcasts and uplift the dysfunctional. It is also observed to celebrate men who are making a positive difference and to raise awareness of issues that men face on a global scale. Issues such as mental health, toxic masculinity and the prevalence of male suicide.
Our society has made us assume that men don’t have terrible things they go through., Men are being portrayed as super-humans who are not allowed to be vulnerable and cannot be in need of help. Whereas, statistics show that percentage of men commit suicide than women. Indeed, men are three times more likely than women to take their own lives.
This year’s theme for the International Men’s Day celebration is “MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR MEN AND BOYS”. According to the coordinator of International Men’s Day in the UK, he explained that this year’s theme was inspired by their desire to promote the need to value men and boys and help people make practical improvements in men and boys’ health and well-being.
Some people don’t like to celebrate men as they see them as “demons” because of the damage some men have done to some women in the past. We shouldn’t be overshadowed by that, however. There are true men and boys out here doing remarkable things and they deserve to be celebrated. And some of these men that we see as “demons” today, became “demons” because they didn’t get the help they needed.
To have a fair and safe society, both genders needs to be celebrated and recognised equally, no one should be treated unfairly. As much as we fix the Girl Child let’s not ignore the wailing sound of the Boy Child.
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY TO ALL THE MEN OUT THERE!
Don’t let today end without celebrating the men around you. Show them love; they deserve it!
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