Is there an International Men’s Day?
Yes! It takes place on November 19 each year and is celebrated in 60 countries around the world. The objectives of the day include a focus on men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models.
It is an occasion for men to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care while highlighting the discrimination against them.
The month of November is also a chance for men to take part in the popular ‘Movember’ charity event, by growing facial hair for charity sponsorship.
How can you get involved?
There are many ways you can take part in IWD.
1. Make a pledge for parity
This involves going to the IWD website and pledging to help women and girls achieve their ambitions; call for gender-balanced leadership and create flexible cultures.
2. Join one of the many events happening around the world
The IWD website shows where events are happening in countries and towns – check out what’s happening near you to see how you can participate. Plus, there will be an organised march in London on Sunday, March 3.
3. Host your own event
It’s still not too late. IWD encourages people to host a prominent speaker and create an event of their own.
What’s happening in the UK?
There are a host of free and ticketed events taking place across the country, including talks, workshops and film screenings. Head to Brecon for a 10-day Women’s Festival; Bristol for a day of music, art and talks; Glasgow for a Swap Market on women in the economy; Chester for a conference led by Henrietta Jowitt, deputy director of the CBI; and Manchester for an afternoon looking at a century of women’s protest.
For a full list of events in your local area, check out the official International Women’s Day website. Tickets for the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World Festival, taking place 8-9 March, are also on general sale. Take your pick of the best talks, exhibitions and concerts celebrating women worldwide.