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1. WHY WE HAVE AN INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY

International Men’s Day (IMD) is celebrated on 19 November every year and is marked in around 80 countries worldwide.

Some people ask why we need an International Men’s Day? In Australia, IMD is a great opportunity to take part in a global conversation about manhood, masculinity and men’s issues by:

  • Highlighting some of the social issues that men and boys face
  • Making a difference for the men and boys in your community
  • Celebrating men and boys in all their diversity
  • Having some serious fun in the process

 

2. ISN’T EVERY DAY INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY?

 

International Men’s Day is held annually on 19 November. It is an opportunity to celebrate men and boys in all their diversity.

Many people also use the day to highlight some of the key social issues that men and boys around the world face. In Australia, these “men’s issues” include the fact that:

  • 3 out of 4 suicides are men
  • 2 out of 3 violent deaths are men
  • Men die 6 years younger than women on average
  • Boys underperform girls at every stage of education
  • Dads who want to be more involved in their children’s lives face a range of barriers

Despite the overwhelming evidence that men and boys face a range of issues related to their physical, mental and social health and welling, many people still persist in promoting a range rigid gender stereotypes and clichés like:

  • “Man Up”
  • “Boys don’t cry”
  • “Men and boys don’t need help” and
  • “Every day is International Men’s Day”

The fact is, every day isn’t International Men’s Day, only 19 November is International Men’s Day.

 

3. HOW TO TAKE PART IN INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY

This year, International Men’s Day will be held on Saturday November 19 2022, although many people will hold their activities and celebrations before or after the main event.

Everyone can take part in International Men’s Day:

  • You can set up an event yourself and promote it on our events calendar
  • You can use the events calendar to find an event to attend
  • You can use some of our resources to get involved in the International Men’s Day conversation online
  • You can give a talk about men using our KNOW YOUR MAN FACTS presentation toolkit. 
  • You can use the hashtag #MakeTime4Mates

 

4. IS INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY REALLY FOR EVERYONE?

Everyone is welcome to celebrate International Men’s Day on Saturday November 19, 2022.

International Men’s Day recognises that there are a broad variety of laws, values and viewpoints around the world that affect men and boys in different countries, in different ways. There is also a diversity of opinions about those laws, values and viewpoints, which are held by people of different genders and gender identities throughout the world.

As a day observance International Men’s Day places a focus on that which unites humanity, giving everyone who wants to celebrate International Men’s Day the opportunity to work together towards the day’s six key objectives, which apply equally to all males irrespective of their age, ability, social background, legal status, race, beliefs, sexual orientation or gender identity.

It doesn’t matter who you are, every individual is free to celebrate International Men’s Day.

 

5. SIX OBJECTIVES OF INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY

There are wide variety of ways you can mark International Men’s Day on Saturday November 19 2022. As a general rule, the majority of celebrations share one or more of the following objectives:

  • Valuing male role models
  • Acknowledging the contribution of men and boys
  • Improving male health
  • Tackling discrimination and disadvantage
  • Fostering positive gender relations
  • Making the world a safer place for everyone

 

6. WHEN IS INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY?

International Men’s Day is celebrated in around 80 countries every year on 19 November. This year, International Men’s Day will be held on Saturday November 19, 2022, though many people will hold their activities and celebrations before or after the main event.

 

Resources

There are a number of ways you can get involved with International Men's Day on 19 November 2022. 

DOWNLOAD THE INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY 2022 POSTER

Get the message out and download/share/print off the official IMD 2022 poster.

DOWNLOAD THE INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY EVENT POSTER

Running an event for International Men's Day 2022? Download our official poster and fill in your details. Print or share the poster to your community.

DOWNLOAD THE INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY POSTCARD

Let a mate know how much you rate him. Fill in the text boxes and swap out the photo. Send your mate a message this International Men's Day.

 

ATTEND AN EVENT

Check out more than 100 events in the lead up to and across IMD 2022.

RUN AN EVENT

List your IMD event on our website. 

GIVE A 'KNOW YOUR MAN FACTS' TALK

Be a men's health champion and talk about important topics with our free Know Your Man Facts presentations, complete with speaker notes. 

GET IN TOUCH ABOUT PROMOTING YOUR ACTIVITIES

Tell us more about what you are doing and we will help you promote your IMD events. 

USE THE IMD HASHTAGS #MakeTime4Mates #IMD2022

International Men's Day 2022 is all about staying connected. Make Time For Mates and help us spread the message!

Events

18
November 2022

IMD exhibition Kiama

Kiama Council Chambers

27
November 2022
28
November 2022

Dee Why Mongrels Men Meet Up

Dee Why Beach Steps

29
November 2022
29
November 2022
30
November 2022

Dee Why Mongrels Men Meet Up

Dee Why Beach Steps

30
November 2022

Manly Mongrels Men Meet Up

Queenscliff SLSC

07
December 2022

Happy Sad Man Screening with Q&A

Dendy Cinemas Newtown

07
December 2022

Happy Sad Man Q&A

Dendy Cinemas Newtown