“Making a difference for men and boys”


On November 19 International Men’s Day celebrates the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities.

The day highlights positive role models and raises awareness of men’s wellbeing with the theme “Making a difference for men and boys.”

Men face health challenges that need to addressing to have our communities function to their full potential. These challenges include:

  • Men have a suicide rate three times higher than women.
  • One in three men have been the victims of domestic violence.
  • Men on average die four to five years before women.
  • Men are nearly three times as likely as women to become alcohol dependent and are more likely to use (and die from) illegal drugs.
  • Men have a 14% higher risk of developing cancer than women.
  • Men are nearly twice as likely to suffer from lung cancer than women.
  • Men are nearly twice as likely to suffer from heart disease than women.

The 6 Pillars of International Men’s Day

  • To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sports men but every day, 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 men; 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..

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