International Men’s Day is celebrated on November 19th of each year. Inaugurated in 1999 in Trinidad and Tobogo, the day and its events find support from a variety of individuals and groups in Australia, the Caribbean, North America, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the United Nations.
The objectives of celebrating an International Men’s Day include focusing on men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. It is an occasion to highlight discrimination against men and boys and to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care.
Calls for an International Men’s Day have been noted since at least the 1960s. In 2001, a number of organizations in the United States joined in celebrating International Men’s Day on November 19. In 2008, International Men’s Day was supported by the Malachi Global Foundation (MGF) in Michigan. U.S. author and speaker on men’s issues, Diane Sears, states that Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863 in which he called for the honoring and remembrance of the contributions of the men who sacrificed their lives during American’s Civil War.