International Men’s Day 2017: Boxer Vijender Singh and Twitterati Celebrate the Contribution of Men in Society and Family
Today on November 19, 2017, the world is celebrating International Men’s Day, a global event that promotes awareness of male health, discrimination and gender relations. The day was inaugurated in 1992 on February 7 by Thomas Oaster. The day was reinitialized in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago and the date were changed to November 19 by Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh who revived the event and chose the date to honour his father’s birthday and how on that day in 1989 Trinidad and Tobago united the country in its endeavours to qualify for the soccer world cup. International Men’s Day encourages men to be positive role models and their achievements and contribution towards community, family, marriage and child care and highlights the discrimination that is meted towards them. On International Men’s Day boxer Vijender Singh and Twitterati took time out to acknowledge the importance men have in society and in a family.
Men play a very significant and as integral a part of the community and family as women and to celebrate their contribution this day is dedicated to them. Often we see in popular culture and stereotypical society that men are not given the emotional support that they require. Boys are told from childhood that “Boys don’t cry” which is a very detrimental and harmful way of bringing up anybody because tears are a way of expressing emotion and feelings, and when we ask boys to be tough and not give way to their feelings and emotions we are actually stunting their emotional growth making them insensitive, cruel and brutal. Men often undergo stress and depression but since they are supposed to be tough and these problems are taken as sissy their well-being is often neglected and left untreated which eventually take a toll on their family and society.
On International Men’s Day many people as well as celebrities took to Twitter to wish and highlight the contribution men makes in society and in their family. Check out some tweets below.
Boxer Vijender Singh had a very pertinent message
On this #InternationalMensDay Let’s take some time to appreciate the men who sweat,fight and work against all odds and challenges they face in society for their loved ones.
Appreciate the guys in your life using #MyManMyHero pic.twitter.com/oBJZZWDZH3
— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) November 19, 2017
If you were living under the illusion that there is no International Men’s Day
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) November 19, 2017
No man is an island
No gender in this world can survive alone. If women has 8th March, men has 19th November. Greetings from my side! #InternationalMensDay
— Aditi R. Lanjewar (@AditiLanjewar) November 19, 2017
Stop the discrimination and stereotyping
“boys don’t cry”, “man up” and “stop acting like a girl” are the words that cause men to suffer in silence #InternationalMensDay
— Freddie (@freddie_zach) November 19, 2017
Men also have issues
Yo it’s #InternationalMensDay today! There is a lot to talk about!
-Men’s physical and mental health
-How the patriarchy harms men
-How to allow men to be emotionally vulnerable
-Challenges facing MOC and indigenous men
-List goes on!
— Lee Constable (@Constababble) November 18, 2017
Celebrate the men in your life
Happy International Men’s Day, darlings! Let’s take the time to appreciate the men who work, sweat, fight, and die to provide for their loved ones, and to acknowledge the unique challenges they face in society. #InternationalMensDay
— Daisy Cousens (@DaisyCousens) November 19, 2017
The world is finally waking up to understand that men also have issues and are discriminated against. It is high time that we understand that “boys don’t cry”, “men will be men” and “stop acting like a girl” are words that harm men as well as women. A boy has the same right to feel pain, anguish, bereavement and heartbreak the way a woman has and moreover we should not ridicule or demean either of the sexes because they are the two equal pillars on which the civilization of the society and family life is dependent upon. Happy International Men’s Day to all the boys and men out there, go have fun, you are celebrated, acknowledged and revered as well.