International Mens Day

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2012 Positive Male Role Models

Every year a new theme is chosen for International Men's Day. This year the theme is "Positive Male role models". MC Hammer said, “I make an active effort to remain a positive role model to kids. They need people to show them there’s another way.” MC Hammer is right, and that is why we encourage you to celebrate International Men's Day and raise funds for your favourite men’s or children's charity of your choice at the same time.

There is a desperate need around the world for more positive male role models. Many boys today do not know what it means to be a man because they don’t have a man in their lives. Many children will go to bed tonight without saying goodnight to their father because he just isn’t there.

Many parts of the world are suffering from an epidemic of fatherlessness. This is particularly the case in America where nearly one-fourth of USA’s children live in mother-only families. Of the children living with their mothers, 35 percent never see their father and 24 percent see their fathers less than once a month. This is the reality across the western world to a lesser or greater extent. Unfortunately this trend is beginning to occur in less developed countries as well.

These children live with a woman and more than likely, they are taught by a woman at school. Where do they see and interact with positive male role models? Or, if they are a boy how do they learn what it means to be a man? Television? Movies? On the street?

Even in homes where the father is present research shows that the average father spends less than 10 minutes a day one-on-one with his child. These statistics tend to be more relevant in western countries but they are sadly becoming all the more relevant in other countries as well. We are living in a world where emotional and spiritual fatherlessness is becoming the norm. Many of today’s fathers did not have positive role models to show them what it means to be a father to a child, so they are not there to show their children what it means to be a father.

No matter how great a mother is, she cannot replace what a father provides to a child. Irrefutable research shows that mothers typically are nurturing, soft, gentle, comforting, protective and emotional. Fathers tend to be challenging, prodding, loud, playful and encourage risk taking. Children need a balance of protection and reasonable risk taking. If a positive male role model is not present in the life of a child there is a void in this area. Children who live in this environment are more likely to be involved in criminal activity, premarital sexual activity, do poorer in school and participate in unhealthy activities.

Studies have shown that involvement of a father or a positive male role model in the lives of children has profound effects on them. Father-child interaction promotes a child’s physical well being, perceptual ability and competency for relating with others. These children also demonstrate greater ability to take initiative and evidence self-control.

Every child needs someone who is absolutely committed to their success in life. It is up to us to make sure they have that person.

For comment phone Warwick Marsh: 61 2 418 225212 or Office: 61 2 42726677 www.internationalmensday.com with appreciation for inspiration to www.firstthings.org

 

 Media Release

2011 Theme:

Giving Boys the Best Possible Start in Life

International Men's Day will be celebrated on Saturday the 19 November all over the world. Every year a new theme is chosen for International Men's Day. This year the theme is "Giving Boys the Best Possible Start in Life". Mahatma Gandhi was right to say, "If we are to have real peace, we must begin with our children". International Men's Day is growing at an exponential rate around the world. The focus of International Men's Day is:

  • To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sportsmen but everyday, 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

The past twelve years of commemorating International Men's Day has included public seminars, conferences, festivals and fundraisers, classroom activities at schools, radio and television programs, church observances, and peaceful displays and marches. Organizations and individuals are welcome to host their own events and celebrate International Men's Day as they feel is best for their own locality and nation.

Warwick Marsh, Global Coordinator from www.internationalmensday.com said, "International Men's Day 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 November IMD is a significant date as it interfaces the popular 'Movember' charity event which began here in Australia and also with Universal Children's Day on November 20 with which IMD forms a 48 hour celebration of men and children respectively, and of the special relationships they share".

Dr Jerome Teelucksingh from Trinidad, the founder of International Men's Day said: "International Men's Day has continued to cross barriers and embrace people of all nationalities. It continues to grow and build a momentum which resonates throughout the world. This global campaign for peace is very important for the 21st Century as the world encounters such negative forces as terrorism and economic setbacks. More positive role models are now emerging as a result of International Men's Day and this is beneficial for everyone".

Uma Challa, coordinator for India said, "International Men's Day has definitely made men and women around the world pause and think about the many contributions that men make to our lives, the vulnerability of men and the need to love, care and support them every day. This is a great sign and I can only see the men's movement gaining more and more momentum in the coming years".

Bill Cortizo, website coordinator, said, "International Men's Day is celebrated in over 60 countries of the world, too many to list. Join us on November 19 in celebrating the contribution men and boys make to those around them, to their family and friends, their work place and the community, the nations and the world".

Dads4Kids is honoured to host the International Men's Day website and we invite you to join the global celebrations. We encourage free and open use of the logo and access to 2011 posters in the Resource Section. We encourage men and women everywhere to hold events big or small to honour, appreciate, encourage and thank those men and fathers who are positive male role models within their respective communities. Our boys will benefit from this positive celebration of healthy manhood.

For further information about International Men's Day contact:

Warwick Marsh: +61 2 4272 6677  Cel: +61 418 225 212        This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Trinidad & West Indies: Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh: +1 868 665 8227       This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

India: Uma Challa:  +91 97046 83163       This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Australia: Bill Cortizo: +61 428 451 531        This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

www.internationalmensday.com

Fatherhood Foundation

PO Box 542

Unanderra NSW 2526

Ph: 02 4272 6677

Fax: 02 4272 6680

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www.fatherhood.org.au

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