When is International Men’s Day 2020?

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International Men’s Day seeks to raise awareness for important issues men face (Picture: BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Today is International Women’s Day – a day on which we mark the achievements of women in society and remind ourselves of the importance of gender equality which, judging by this UN report which found that nearly 90% of people are ‘prejudiced against women’ is still a long way off.

One knock-on effect of today being International Women’s Day is that it tends to leave people with questions about International Men’s Day.

With that in mind, here’s a reminder of when International Men’s Day is and why it’s celebrated.

When is International Men’s Day?

International Men’s Day is marked annually on 19 November.

It was founded by Thomas Oaster in 1992, and in 2008 the UK started to mark the day.

Now, 70 countries all over the world celebrate International Men’s Day each year.

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As the International Men’s Day website puts it, the day offers us the chance to highlight some of the issues faced by males of all ages, including:

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  • Men’s health and male cancers
  • Men’s shorter life expectancies
  • Male victims of sexual abuse and sexual violence
  • The challenges fathers face
  • The high suicide rate among men

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