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International Men's Day

Originally posted on PhD Balance social media platforms on 11/19/2020.

International Men’s Day (IMD, November 19) is a day that celebrates men’s (and boy’s) contributions to society and raises awareness of men’s well-being. IMD focuses on challenges and experiences that are unique to men (and boys), and aims to showcase grassroots attempts by men in their communities to work towards gender equality and towards removing the negative images, stereotypes and stigma associated with men, and masculinity, in our societies.

Graphic - text reads International Men's Day November 19, 2020. Academia must work to further destigmatize men's mental health. This year's international Men's Day theme is "better health for men and boys", aimed to celebrate men (and boys) who are working to change the toxic notions of masculinity. Men account for only 33% of people seeking mental health services on university and college campuses. Men in academia experience higher rates of suicide and substance abuse. Source: Connect with PhD Balance on social media.

This year, the theme for IMD is “better health for men and boys.” Given the current state of the world amid COVID-19 and a society that is growing increasingly aware of the inequalities that face all gender identifying groups, this presents us with a unique opportunity to celebrate men and boys who are consciously working to raise awareness of mental, emotional and physical health and well-being. We celebrate men (and boys) who lead by example, questioning and working to change the toxic notions of masculinity that have existed (and have been promoted in our societies), and work in their communities to promote equality and fairness for every member in our society.


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