International Men’s Day

Held annually on November 19th, International Men’s Day is a holiday that emphasizes the importance of issues affecting males. These issues include dealing with health issues that affect males, improving relations between genders, highlighting the importance of male role models, and promoting gender equality. This holiday is celebrated in over 70 countries, everywhere from Antigua to Zimbabwe.

History of International Men’s Day

While talk of creating an International Men’s Day has existed since the early 1960s, it wasn’t until the 1990s that any progress was made. This is when Thomas Oaster, the Director of the Missouri Center for Men’s Studies at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, MO, began to hold small events dedicated to recognizing this day in February of 1993 and 1994.

However, due to a lack of interest, it didn’t take off until 1999. That is when the first International Men’s Day was kicked off in Trinidad and Tobago on November 19th, 1999.

Organizations from all over the world, including the United Nations, gave their support to this event. The event in Trinidad and Tobago was created and coordinated by Jerome Teelucksingh of the University of the West Indies. He held the event at that time at the Families in Action headquarters in Newtown, Port of Spain.

International Men’s Day Customs & Celebrations

International Men’s Day is celebrated in several different ways. Public seminars and classroom activities are held promoting the day; there are panel discussions and lectures; there have even been award ceremonies and art exhibitions held to bring attention to the day.

Every year, there is a different theme for International Men’s Day. For instance, in 2011 the theme was “Giving Boys The Best Possible Start In Life,” and in 2015, the theme was “Working To Expand Reproductive Options for Men.” Most activities used to bring attention to this holiday or to celebrate it are centered around its yearly theme.

When is it?
This year (2024)
November 19 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
November 19 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
November 19 Sunday
Appreciation & Honor, Relationships & Family