International Men’s Day

  • Publish date: Thursday، 17 November 2022 Last update: Sunday، 19 November 2023
International Men’s Day

On November 19, International Men’s Day celebrates worldwide the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities. “Helping Men and Boys” is the International Men’s Day 2022 theme, and to find out more about this event, read this article. 

About International Men’s Day 

Since the 1960’s there have been persistent international calls for the creation of an International Men’s Day, and men kept asking: “Why do women have an international celebration and not men?”. 

In the early 1990s, for instance, organizations in the United States, Europe, and Australia held small events in February at the invitation of Professor Thomas Oaster who directed the Missouri Center for Men’s Studies at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. 

Oaster successfully promoted the event in 1994, but his following attempt, in 1995, was poorly attended, and he ceased plans to continue the event in subsequent years.

In 1999, International Men’s Day he succeeded in making November 19 International Men’s Day. 

Note that International Men’s Day is not intended to compete against International Woman’s Day, but is for the purpose of highlighting men’s experiences. 

International Men’s Day Themes Over the Years 

  • 2011: "Giving Boys the Best Possible Start in Life"
  • 2012: "Helping Men and Boys Live Longer, Happier and Healthier Lives"
  • 2013: "Keeping Men and Boys Safe".
  • 2014: "Working Together for Men and Boys".
  • 2015: "Working to Expand Reproductive Options for Men".
  • 2016: "Stop Male Suicide".
  • 2017: "Celebrating Men And Boys In All Their Diversity".
  • 2018: "Positive Male Role Models".
  • 2019: "Making a Difference for Men and Boys".
  • 2020: "Better Health for Men and Boys".
  • 2021: "Better relations between men and women".
  • 2022: "Helping men and boys".

Celebrating International Men's Day

If you are planning to host an event for International Men's Day, make sure you focus on one of the six objectives of IMD instead:

  • Valuing male role models
  • Acknowledging the contribution of men and boys
  • Improving male health
  • Tackling discrimination and disadvantage
  • Fostering positive gender relations
  • Making the world a safer place for everyone

For more articles, visit UAE Moments. (Cover Photo Copyright: International Men's Day Website). 

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