More than 80 countries around the world commemorated International Men’s Day on Monday, November 19th.
The day was initially celebrated in February when it was conceived in the early 1990s, by Thomas Oaster, the Director at the Missouri Center for Men’s Studies at the University of Missouri.
The celebrations fell away in the mid-nineties but were resuscitated by University of the West Indies lecturer and Trinidad and Tobago citizen, Dr Jerome Teelucksingh in 1999
Dr Teelucksingh chose November 19th as the date to honour his father’s birthday and also to celebrate how Trinidad and Tobago’s football team had united the country with their endeavours to qualify for the World Cup on that date in 1989.
Since its resuscitation by Dr Teelucksingh, global support for the celebration increased with UNESCO also lending its support to the commemorations.
Speaking with News Power Now, Dr Teelucksingh noted the worldwide support for the day and the unity it engenders throughout the world.
Dr Teelucksingh thanked all those who have come on board including the Government, NGO’s, schools, religious institutions and individuals.
However, he said there is still much to be done as he lamented the negative stereotype of men portrayed in the media.
The theme of International Men’s Day 2018 is “Positive Male Role Models.”
The United Nations Association of Trinidad and Tobago in conjunction with Power 102.1 FM will hold a forum Tuesday at the JCI Headquarters on Melville Street in Port of Spain.
Dr Teelucksingh and Chief of Defence Staff, Rear Admiral Hayden Pritchard are among those scheduled to speak.
President of the UNATT, Ray Braithwaite pointed out that the forum will address men’s issues which are often swept under the carpet.