Yes, there is an International Men's Day too

The day, which promotes tolerance and respect, is celebrated worldwide on 19 November

Ben Tufft
Sunday 08 March 2015 13:51

Less well-known than its female-focused equivalent, International Men’s Day is celebrated in more than 70 countries across the world and has a history dating back to 1992.

Celebrated on 19 November each year, its profile is much lower than International Women’s Day.

The day’s objective is to promote gender equality, focus on men’s and boys' health and highlight positive male role models.

"Working together for men and boys" was last year’s theme for the day, which seeks to celebrate men’s achievements and achievements, in particular their contributions to their families, marriages and communities.

It is seen as a "global grassroots movement that invites every man, woman, girl and boy in the world to come together and celebrate men and boys in all their diversity," according to the organiser's website.

As far backs as the 1960s there had been calls to establish an international men’s day, but it was only in 1992 that organisations in the US, Australia and Malta held events to mark a specific day.

In 1999 the day was put on a more permanent footing as citizens in Trinidad and Tobago celebrated the day, which has been marked annually ever since.

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