INTERNATIONAL Women's Day has been steadily growing in prominence in recent years – but you might not be aware that there is also a day to celebrate men across the world too.
The global women’s celebration day was launched to advocate for improved rights and pay for women, while International Men's Day focuses on raising awareness for discrimination and male health. But when is the day and how is it marked?
When is International Men's Day 2018?
Each year International Men’s Day is celebrated on November 19 and 2018 will be no exception.
It is an international event and is celebrated in over 70 countries.
Every year on International Women's Day, which falls on March 8, comedian Richard Herring takes it upon himself to tweet querying people the date of the male equivalent.
His comical replies grow steadily more exasperated as people show a lack of awareness for the date.
This year, the theme for International Men's Day is positive male role models.
Organisers have cited the effect of the number of children growing up with a suitably male role model and the effect that this could have on the rest of their lives.
Ways of commemorating International Men's Day include festivals, fundraisers, seminars, TV programmes and marches
What is International Men's Day?
On its official website, the event states that the day is a “focus on men's and boy's health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models.”
Calls for an International Men’s Day had been going on since at least the 1960s.
Back then the New York Times reported that: “Many men have been agitating privately to make February 23 International Men’s Day, the equivalent of March 8, which is International Women’s day.”
The event takes place in November, when many men take part in Movember growing out their moustaches to raise money for men’s health charities.
Organisers say the day is for society to appreciate the men in their lives and celebrate achievements.
Ways of commemorating the day include festivals, fundraisers, seminars, TV programmes and marches.