"Better health for men and boys", on International Men's Day (IMD)

"Better health for men and boys", on International Men's Day (IMD)

Heritage & Traditions

By Mercy Ramos

The man, that gender of the human species, who is often discriminated against or sometimes censured for his condition of macho, arrogant and dominant, celebrates his international day on November 19 under the slogan "Better health for men and boys."

And it is that the so-called stronger sex also has the right to celebrate their day, since they constitute a fundamental part of society, neither more nor less important than women.

Established in 1992 by professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas, United States, Thomas Oaster, the initiative had the support of Ingeborg Breines, director of the UNESCO Women and Culture of Peace program, who considered it "an excellent idea that it will provide a bit of balance between the sexes "and expressed an interest in cooperating.

In fact, the celebration began in 1999, when it began to be observed worldwide, although, it is worth clarifying, it is not yet officially recognized or included in the calendar of massive events, as is the case, for example, in the International Day of Women.

In 2009, during a meeting of the committee of IMD members headed by Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, professor of history at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, the fundamental principles of the celebration were ratified with the aim of protecting its core values​.

These principles are based on 6 specific pillars: promoting positive male role models -not just movie stars and athletes, but also men of everyday life, of the working class- who live dignified and honorable lives; celebrate the positive contributions of men to society, community, family, marriage, childcare, and the environment.

It also includes focusing on the health and well-being of men -socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually- highlighting discrimination against men- in areas of social service, social attitudes and expectations, and legislation-, improve gender relations and promote gender equality and, finally, create a safer and better world, where people can be secure and grow to reach their full potential.

Although currently only 30 countries in the world celebrate that day, surely over time it will be established to stimulate the so-called “stronger sex” to contribute with greater impetus in all the activities of society, especially with the multiple tasks that women assume daily.

In Cuba, both men and women have equal rights and duties by the Constitution, hence the active role of men in society from every point of view and, above all, in supporting the working mother in all areas, tasks alike.

On many occasions, men even assumes the care of children so that the wife fulfills her duty from a professional point of view. So, it will be laudable and beneficial that in the near future in Cuba, men will also celebrate their day, in addition to the traditional festivities of Father's Sunday.

In essence, the objectives for which IMD was established are fully commendable and are in line with the aspirations of both men and women, who, together fight side by side to achieve a better world, especially where equality, harmony and peace for all prevail.