Men’s Day Celebration – Saturday, June 17, 2017
Featuring a local writing competition: Write about who was the most positive male influence in your life. An educational event introducing International Men’s Day.
Coos Bay Public Library, Cedar Room.
1 – 3 pm, Saturday, June 17, 2017.
Sponsored by Human Rights Advocates of Coos County.
Deadline for submissions: Midnight August 30, 2017.
Contact: Bittin Duggan 541-217-4095
Human Rights Advocates of Coos County (HRACC) invites all people to honoring Men’s Day at the Coos Bay Library, Cedar Room, from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, June 17th, 2017. This event brings attention to International Men’s Day, celebrated on November 19 worldwide since 1999.
Bring your thoughts and written submissions to the library on June 17, or send to HRACC, POB 325, N. Bend, 97459 or submit to HumanRightsAdvocatesCC@gmail.com or on our Face Book Page: /humanrightsadvocatesofcooscounty/
Prize will be given to the winning writing at the HRA Board Meeting on November 16th.
International Men’s Day (IMD) was inaugurated in 1992 by Thomas Oaster, past Director of the Missouri Center for Men’s Studies and Associate Professor at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. The first IMD event was celebrated in Kansas City and on four Continents simultaneously on February 7th, 1992. As initiated by Mr. Oaster, IMD continued for only three years and lost its momentum to mis-interpretations by local feminist actions.
The project was re-initiated in Trinidad and Tobago, and its citizens were the first to observe IMD on November 19, 1999. Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, a History Professor at the University of the West Indies revived the event and shifted the date to November 19 – the date of his father’s birthday. He continued Oaster’s emphasis on highlighting positive aspects and the accomplishments of men.
Focusing on the International Men’s Day objectives introduced by both Oaster and Teelucksingh, an IMD committee formed and they encapsulated the objectives into six guiding principles that would serve to protect the core values of the day. The ‘Six Pillars’ are open to interpretation and are now used as a guide by IMD celebrants around the world:
- To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sports men but everyday, working class men who are living decent, honest lives.
- To celebrate men’s positive contributions to society, community, family, marriage, child care, and to the environment.
- To focus on men’s health and wellbeing; social, emotional, physical and spiritual.
- To highlight discrimination against males; in areas of social services, social attitudes and expectations, and law.
- To improve gender relations and promote gender equality.
- To create a safer, better world; where people can live free from harm and grow to reach their full potential.
Human Rights Advocates are introducing awareness of International Men’s Day during our Men’s Day Celebration on June 17th. We want the men of our community to know they are appreciated and supported. We hope to see you there.