Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2022. 8:07 am CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: International Men’s Day (IMD) has been celebrated globally since 1992, however, it coincides with one of the largest events on Belize’s calendar, leaving a lot of people unaware of its existence, but the National Parenting Taskforce (NPT) within the National Committee for Families and Children (NCFC) is looking to change that.
Arthur Usher, a member of the NPT told Breaking Belize News this week that the task force is on a mission to raise awareness about International Men’s Day, which is celebrated on November 19. Usher said that while the global theme for this year’s IMD is “Helping men and boys,” the event this being observed locally under the theme “Recognizing Belizean Men and Boys.”
Usher said that activities surrounding the day are focused on six major pillars: promoting male role models, celebrating the contribution men make to society, focusing on men’s health and wellbeing, highlighting discrimination against men, improving gender relations and promoting gender equality, and creating a safer world for everyone.
“We do recognize a lot of the people do not know there is an International Men’s Day, so we wanted to really bring it to people,” Usher said. “It’s not just an awareness campaign, it’s not just about IMD, it’s about getting men the support they need in multiple areas, falling in line with the six pillars and beyond.”
He added that this is the third year the NPT is highlighting the event and that plans are in the works for the eventual establishment of a Men’s Department that will be able to better effect change by addressing issues affecting Belizean men.
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