The UK’s co-ordinator for International Men’s Day has welcomed the publication of a Diversity & Equality statement which confirms that the day invites all men, women, girls and boys to take part in celebrating men and boys on International Men’s Day of Saturday 19th November 2011.
The theme of this year’s day of international observance is Giving Boys The Best Possible Start In Life. Any UK individual or organisation that wants to mark the day in 2011 should contact the UK co-ordinator Glen Poole of The Men’s Network – at firstname.lastname@example.org – or register at the International Men’s Day website.
“We strongly welcome International Men’s Day reaffirming its commitment to include all men and boys. This statement is particularly important in light of current events in Uganda where the gay rights activist, David Kato, has been murdered.
“Violence is just one issue that affects men and boy of all backgrounds with men all over the world twice as likely to die violent deaths as women irrespective of their age, ability, social background, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, religious belief and relationship status.”
“We welcome this confirmation of International Men’s Day’s commitment to celebrate the positive contribution to society of all men and boys and to highlight the different kinds of discrimination that men and boys of all backgrounds can experience”.
The new International Men’s Day Statement is published below:
DIVERSITY AND EQUALITY STATEMENT
We encourage every man, woman, girl and boy in the world to join us in celebrating men and boys in all their diversity on International Men’s Day (November 19th).
We recognize that there are a broad variety of laws, values and viewpoints around the world that affect different men, in different countries in different ways. There is also a diversity of opinions about those laws, values and viewpoints which are held by the many different men, women, girls and boys throughout the world.
As a day of observance we place our focus on that which unites us, giving everyone who wants to celebrate International Men’s Day with us the opportunity to help us work towards our shared objectives which we apply equally to men and boys irrespective of their age, ability, social background, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, religious belief and relationship status. Those objectives are:
- To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sports men but everyday, working class 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 men’s health and wellbeing; social, emotional, physical and spiritual
- To highlight discrimination against males; in areas of social services, social attitudes and expectations, and law
- To improve gender relations and promote gender equality
- To create a safer, better world; where people can be safe and grow to reach their full potential