International Women's Day or Aurat March has been celebrated globally every year on March 8 since 1910. Every year, before Women's Day, literally every brand, every YouTube channel, every Instagramer starts posting content on feminism, churning out trending hashtags. But why International Men's Day has not celebrated just the way Women's Day?
Society taught our men that they must be unbreakable and emotionless, imposing on them massive pressures of being the fender, the breadwinner, and someone with superhuman power. Men are not metaphors for rocks and boulders. Men too are skin and bones, veins, and nerves. They too can hurt and bleed. They too can shed tears and crave a hug.
International Men's Day is not to celebrate men's empowerment, but to raise awareness for they believe it or not, have a higher suicide rate than women. This day is to celebrate the contributions and achievements of men and boys towards the nation, society, and community.
International Men's Day was introduced in 1992 on 7 February by Thomas Oaster, the project of International Men's Day was conceived one year earlier on 8 February 1991. The project was re-initialized in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobago. The longest-running celebration of International Men's Day is Malta, where events have occurred since 7 February 1994.
Now as Malta was the only country that observed the February date of celebrating Men and their contribution to society, the Maltese AMR Committee voted in 2009 to shift the date for IMD to 19th November. Jerome Teelucksingh, who revived the event, chose 19 November to honor his father's birthday and also to celebrate how on that date in 1989 Trinidad and Tobago's football team had united the country with their endeavors to qualify for the World Cup.
Men too go through physical and sexual abuse, the mental health of men is often not talked about. A day dedicated to men should focus on these, to help men accept their vulnerabilities in a patriarchal society that raises the expectations for men way too high.
Many people are mistaken about the meaning of feminism. That's why Men's day is not celebrated with the same vigor as Women's day. Let our men be human. Teach our boys to be kind and give love, for if anything, that is all that makes a man.