The Men’s Network will host a national conference exploring how the UK can “Give Boys The Best Possible Start In Life” in the run up to International Men’s Day 2011 on 19 November 2011.
As the UK’s co-ordinator for International Men’s Day 2011, The Men’s Network in Brighton and Hove was part of the team choosing the theme that invites the world to focus on five key challenges that boys experience in areas of health, education, family life, violence and life choices and consider how we can all come up with local solutions to the global problems that boys face.
They five key challenges that the International Men’s Day team has proposed for focusing the collective minds of people who want to take action and give boys the best possible start in life are:
HEALTH AND LIFE EXPECTANCY: Why are boys around the world more likely to die before the age of five and why do boys in every continent look forward to a much shorter life than girls? What are the reasons for boy’s higher likelihood of suicide? What action can we take to give boys the best possible start in life and help them live longer, happier, healthier lives?
EDUCATIONAL FOCUS: Why are boys in richer countries underperforming girls and also less likely to be in education, and why are tens of millions of boys in poorer countries still not completing a primary education? How can we address truancy, and poor literacy rates which leave boys prone to adult unemployment, substance abuse, obesity, depression, and poverty? What action can we take to focus on boys’ education in way that gives them the best possible start in life and closes the gaps between girls and boys and rich boys and poor boys?
TOLERANCE OF VIOLENCE: Why are we so tolerant of violence and abuse against men and boys and why do we still tolerate a world where we send boys to fight the wars among adults? What actions can we take to help boys’ grow up free from violence and challenge our collective tolerance and support of violence against men and boys?
RIGHTS TO FATHERHOOD: How can we give boys a right to family life that gives them an equal opportunity to know and experience both their father and mother and ensure that their role as a future father is equal to a girls role as future mother. What actions can we take to give every boy an equal right to fatherhood?
REAL LIFE CHOICES: How can we make sure that every boy has opportunities to make a range of positive life choices in terms of work, family and leisure and reduce the number of boys whose life choices are limited and end up poor, illiterate, unemployed, homeless, imprisoned and isolated? What action can we make to help every boy get the best possible start in life and make a positive transition form boy to man that makes the world a better place for everyone?
To find out more about how you can take part in International Men’s Day in the UK in 2011 and stay updated on our plans for a national conference in November 2011 contact firstname.lastname@example.org today.