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International Men’s Day
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Calls for an International Men’s Day (IMD) have been going on since at least the 1960’s, the New York Times reported on Feb 24 1969 that some men were advocating to make February 23 International Men’s Day, of which the Maltese Association for Men’s Rights had consistently observed up until 2009 when the Maltese AMR Committee voted to shift the date of their observation to November 19 at the request of Australian International Mens Day organisors.
International Men’s Day on the 19 November was founded in 1999 by Dr Jerome Teelucksingh a history lecturer at University of the West Indies in Trinidad Tabago.
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This celebration was brought by the Spanish and Portuguese to Latin America, where March 19 is often still used, though many countries in Europe and the Americas have adopted the U.S. date, which is the third Sunday of June.
Australia celebrates on the first Sunday in September. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March, April and June… you can read the full article about Father’s Day around the World on Wikipedia.
Men’s Health week
[ International Men’s Health Week ]
Celebrated in many countries – for some it will lead up to the week preceding and including Father’s Day while others countries will participate during different months of the year with a focus on Male issues that covers all aspects of personal health.
International Men’s Health Week had its start in 2002 when representatives from six men’s health organizations met in Austria from various locations around the world organized by the Men’s Health Network at the 2nd World Congress on Men’s Health in Vienna. Following preliminary discussions back in 2001 with a general consensus that culminated in the launch of the International Men’s Health Week (IMHW).
The overview of the week is to highlight the growing concern surrounding men’s health – such as Prostate, diabetes, osteoporosis, Stress, family related health that encompasses workplace accidents, and of major concern the issue of male suicide… one might also consider death by homicide.
Medical professions tend to take advantage of this week to promote male attitude towards regular self examination. Thankfully due to a number of growing Men’s Networks throughout various countries the momentum is growing stronger each year creating a steady propagation of male health listings and men’s resources.
An American Men’s Health week is part of a broader recognition – Men’s Health Month – June. Men’s Health Week, celebrated annually during the week ends on Father’s Day as recognized in the USA, honors the importance of the health and wellness of boys and men. Father’s Day was chosen as the anchor to make use of the extra attention paid to male family members near that holiday.
No doubt others will follow.
Int’l Men’s Shed organisation:
The Men’s Sheds Movement (image link above) began in Victoria, Australia in the 1990’s and is progressing around the world as men from all walks of life are enriched for having found a shed to share.
There is a growing international fraternity of Men’s Sheds (image link above) in countries like Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK, Scotland, Sweden and Wales… and of course the USA. It’s estimated that the number of Men’s Sheds growing globally is approximately 1,800, all sustained with a combined estimated 100,000 men.
Global Male Suicide rates:
The lowest suicide rates in the world are concentrated in the Caribbean Islands of the Bahamas, Jamaica, Grenada, Barbados, and Antigua and Barbuda. Suicide is almost unheard of in each of these countries, with Barbados and Antigua And Barbuda reporting 0.8 and 0.5 suicides per 100k, respectively.
Suicide is a worldwide problem, but its effects are uneven. Although suicide rates ( noted here are annual deaths per 100,000 people ) are rising in some countries, including the United States, most countries are seeing declines, for reasons that include restrictions on access to lethal means and improved mental health care.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most countries do not collect detailed data on suicide; data for many countries here were drawn from rates estimated by organizations such as WHO and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s Global Burden of Disease project. See more here…
The world health organisation (WHO)…
has two significant resource pages… first is the “A-Z Fact sheet” and second is the “A-Z Health Topics” page. Both pages include a huge range of links for most general topics of interest. However it appears that (as of Mar 30th 2020) neither the fact sheets nor the health topics pages have relevant links for men in the same way as they do for women.
A couple of examples… Men (in general) are probably the laziest participants in personal hygiene – washing hands and even though 1 in 3 men suffer from DV, there are no resource links available for men. Maybe (?) this was an oversight, BUT in the interest of the broad assistance needed for the family nucleus the links to the pages have been inserted below.
[ source: Science mag ]