International Men’s Day to focus on improving health and gender

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International Men’s Day to focus on improving health and gender

On Monday, November 19, 2012 the Division of Gender Relations will join the rest of the world to observe International Men’s Day.

The day, which is supported by the United Nations, was first observed in Trinidad and Tobago in 1999, has received support from men’s groups around the world. The aim is to make life better, not just for grown men, but for young males alike.

The objectives of International Men’s Day include a focus on men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality and positive male role models. It is an occasion for men to highlight discrimination against them and to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage and child care.

The theme for this year’s observance is “Helping Men and Boys Live Longer, Happier and Healthier Lives.”

The Division of Gender Relations is partnering as a broader committee comprising of a number of organizations to plan activities for the week. The activities will start on Sunday, November 18 with the Lucian Men March, and culminating on Monday, November 26 with the Annual Remembrance Ceremony for deceased victims of gender-based violence.

Programme details will be announced shortly by the committee.

International Men’s Day will be an annual event on St. Lucia’s national calendar.  The general public, men’s groups and civic organizations, are encouraged to participate in all of the planned activities to mark this inaugural national observance.

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