Today Is International Men’s Day.
19 November 2020
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Paul Nyathi

Today is International Men’s Day which is observed every year on 19th November.

‘The Six Pillars of International Men’s Day’ are objectives which are broken down to nation, society, family, marriage, community and childcare.

Achievements and contribution of men and boys in these criteria are celebrated; however, the larger aim of the day is to promote basic humanitarian rights.


Aside from the six pillars, themes have been a part of international men’s day since 2002. The theme for 2020 is ‘Better health for men and boys’.

November is a well known men’s health and awareness month where people raise awareness about mental health, suicide issues among the youth, and prostate cancer. Some opt to grow a moustache to support the cause while others may donate to the charity.

The theme for 2020 also emphasizes on removing the stigma around men’s mental health and spreading awareness on maintaining better health for men around the world.


The day was launched in 1992 on 7th February by Thomas Oaster. In 1999, the event was revived by Jerome Teelucksing. He chose 19th November to honour his father’s birthday and also to celebrate how on that date in 1989, Trinidad and Tobago’s football team had united the country with their endeavours to qualify for the World Cup.


International Men’s Day marks an important event. Men’s mental health has been stigmatised and according to, 3 out of 4 suicides occur among men, and 95% of men’s deaths occur at a workplace.

The day aims to educate boys about values, character and responsibilities of men in a society. Creating a fair, safe space for all genders will allow countries around the world, the opportunity to prosper and live safely.