Do We Need To Celebrate International Men’s Day In 2022?

Celebrate International Men’s Day 2022 and learn about its significance, history and theme this year.

Published On Nov 18, 2022 | Updated On Mar 04, 2024


International Men’s Day date falls on Saturday, the 19th of November 2022. It is celebrated in 80 countries globally. Men's Day commemorates the values, character and responsibilities of being a man. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “We must become the change we seek”. Therefore, men must become positive role models for young boys to break the boundaries of gender stereotypes and prevent them from continuing with future generations.  

International Men’s Day 2022 also seeks to stir awareness in areas of men’s mental health by encouraging them to come forward and communicate. Biased societal norms have set unrealistic definitions of masculinity. These need to change to create a safe community that allows each gender the opportunity to prosper.

World Men’s Day is more than just about No shave November for the masculine soul. Men’s Day stands on six pillars that focus on building positive male role models. These are divided into nation, society, family, marriage, community and childcare.

On International Men’s Day, we celebrate the heroes of our lives. Men’s Day also focuses on cherishing a man’s contribution to the community and environment. The third pillar of International Men’s Day vows to protect the health and well-being of men. Whether it is social, emotional, physical or spiritual. The fourth pillar that upholds the honour of Men’s Day also sheds light on the discrimination faced by men in different spheres of life.

The fifth pillar of World Men’s Day aims to create awareness of gender equality for men from all walks of life. Lastly, the sixth pillar of International Men’s Day pledges to create a safer and better tomorrow for men and women, where every individual has the opportunity to experience life to the best of their potential.

International Men’s Day was celebrated in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago by Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, a Professor of History at the University of West Indies. It started as an initiative to commemorate his deceased father’s birth anniversary. This encouraged a global revolution that led to the highlighting of modern-day issues that men and boys face.

Men’s Day is dedicated to topics and struggles the gender faces. It encourages the open discussion of topics related to the biases and societal conditions experienced by men and promotes awareness for the years to come.

International Men’s Day aims to stimulate an appreciation towards men and their humanitarian rights.

The theme for International Men’s Day 2022 is “Helping Men and Boys”. Men’s Day is celebrated globally by world organisations via conferences and programmes designed to address issues related to men and boys. The platform is used to discuss and create awareness towards positive archetypal masculine traits and virtues.

International Men’s Day celebrates men, their achievements and various roles in life and society. Today, you will find many publications speaking about the latest fashion trends for men, the best hair products for men, and even a Father’s Day Gifting Guide — all of which were formerly reserved for women and girls.

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