All Saints ACMS Presentation for International Men’s Day 2016

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International Men’s Day

Celebrated November 19th 2016

Presented by: All Saints Church Men’s Society Sunday 20th November, 2016

International Men’s Day

Celebrated November 19th 2016

Presented by: All Saints Church Men’s Society Sunday 20th November, 2016

History:

It was Trinidadian/Tobagonian, Dr Jerome Teelucksingh, who established the International Men’s Day (IMD) which is celebrated in over 60 countries today. Hear what Wikipedia has to say;

“Citizens of Trinidad & Tobago were the first to observe International Men’s Day (IMD) in November of 1999. The event was conceived and co-ordinated by Dr Jerome Teelucksingh from the University of the West Indies, at the families in Action headquarters in New Town Port-of-Spain. As his rationale for creating the event, Dr Teelucksingh stated “I realized there was no day for men… Some have said that there is Father’s Day, but what about young boys, teenagers and men who are not fathers.”

Dr Teelucksingh understanding the importance of celebrating good male role models felt that his own father had been an example of an excellent role model, and so chose November 19th, partly because this was his father’s birthday, and also, because it was the date on which a local sporting team in his country created a level of unity which transcended gender, religious and ethnic divisions.

The idea of celebrating an International Men’s Day received written support from officials in UNESCO, and the event has continued to be celebrated annually in Trinidad & Tobago and other countries since its beginning.”

International Men’s Day has the potential to become the global medium to heal our world. The concept and themes of IMD are designed to give hope to the depressed, faith to the lonely, comfort to the broken hearted, transcend barriers, eliminate stereotypes and create a more caring society. Since its inception, IMD has blossomed into a movement which promotes goodwill and positively transformed the lives of many persons. Every year I am overjoyed to witness and read testimonies of persons who genuinely believe that the observance of IMD has resulted in greater stability in their lives and guided them from darkness into light.

International Men’s Day; The Significance

International Men’s day (IMD) is an annual International event celebrated on November 19th. Inaugurated in 1999 in Trinidad & Tobago, the day and its events find support from a variety of individuals and groups in Australia, the Caribbean, North America, Asia, Europe, Africa and the United Nations.

According to its creators, International Men’s Day is a time to highlight discrimination against men and boys in areas such as health, family law, education, media, and or other areas. While projecting their positive contributions and achievements.

During past years the method of commemorating International men’s day included public seminars, class room activities at schools, radio and television programs, peaceful displays and marches, debates, panel discussions and art displays. The manner of observing this annual day is optional and any appropriate forum can be used.

The 10 Pillars’ of International Men’s day:

1. To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sports men but every day working class men who are living decent, honest lives.

2. To celebrate men’s positive contributions to society, community, family, marriage, child care and to the environment.

3. To focus on men’s health and well being; social, emotional, physical and spiritual.

4. To highlight discrimination against men; in areas of social services, social attitudes and expectations and the law.

5. To improve gender relations and promote gender equality.

6. To create a safer, better world; where people can be safe and grow to reach their full potential.

7. Speaking on behalf of UNESCO, Director of Women and Culture of Peace Ingeborg Breines said of IMD, “This is an excellent idea and would give some gender balance.”she added that UNESCO was looking forward to cooperating with the organizers.

 

8. The objectives of celebrating an International Men’s Day include focusing on men’s and boys’ health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality and highlighting positive role models.

9. It is an occasion to highlight discrimination against men and boys and to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care.

10. The broader and ultimate aim of the event is to promote basic humanitarian values.

International Men’s Day is not based on the assumption of a gender war. IMD is primarily about celebrating positive male role models as an alternative to male stereotyping, the aim being to inspire a new generation of men and boys to develop self-worth and a desire to participate in the building of better relationships and societies.

What is the Theme for 2016

The theme is to stop the tide of male Ill-Health and Suicide

The deplorable state of men’s health internationally, is a contributing factor to the epidemic of male suicide across the world. This past year Glen Poole the IMD Co-ordinator for UK has written a book called Stop Male Suicide.

Mr. Glen Poole solution can be summed up with the following words Learn+Love+Listen and let it be the motto for this year 2016 to stop Male Ill-health and Suicide.

What do we as a church, a community and a nation to implement a change in the present situation. Let us look at men’s health firstly; the most common health problems, men of our society have to deal with is prostate cancer and diabetes.

It was reported in the Trinidad Guardian on Tuesday 15, November 2016, that there are 175,000 of our citizens developing diabetes and that our men have the highest percentage. It is also the second leading cause of death in Trinidad and Tobago and rank number one in North Americas and The Caribbean States.

The other health problem among men in Trinidad and Tobago is Prostate Cancer and it represents the number one leading cause of death among men in the island.

Prostate Cancer got the attention recently in Trinidad and Tobago when our Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, went to the United States with respect to his normal check up which included prostate cancer screening.

Dr. Lester Goetz sounded the alarm to the high mortality rate of 38% of all men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer. At present men account for 63% of prostate cancer of being highly risked of dying and among women 30% have breast cancer.

In the United States 90 out of every 100,000 have prostate cancer and in Trinidad and Tobago with our population of over 1.5 million it is 160 out of every 100,000.

The disease is spreading in our men population at an alarming rate and what can be done to check the rate is very simple that men in T&T must take control of their health in their own hands and check yourself on a regular basis and remember your life depends on it, put aside your macho image and check yourself, so that you will not be one of the statistics in Trinidad and Tobago as one of the theme for international men’s day to stop the deplorable state of man’s health.

 

The Final Theme for 2016 Stop Male Suicide

In Trinidad and Tobago the suicide rate for men is higher than the Global average with men accounting for 76% according to the World Health Organization.

Why is our small country plagued with an extremely high male suicide rate?

 

What is the reason? We have seen recently in South Trinidad a married man left his home were able to avoid the security personnel at Petrotrin and climb up a tank fill with oil and threw himself into it and finally died.

 

One can debate whether the married man has family problems, spiritual, cultural or psychological problems or it’s caused by a shift in a gender role, male stereotyping and social problems or it can be disillusion with in our society.

 

Where does the extreme and psychological pain goes? It explodes leading to alcoholism, drug addiction, domestic and family problems and it results in the form of violence and suicide in the country at large and is the elephant in the room.

For every 1000 suicides each year, 79% are male. Why do men resort to suicide as the only escape from psychological, spiritual and emotional pain.

Boys are generally not allowed to express their feelings though they emerge from the womb with some emotion as girls ‘when boys are erroneously told that strength is purely physical to suck it up’ and crying is a sigh of weakness, we are courting trouble.

Boys must learn that showing vulnerability in front of another person is a risk and that is a sigh of strength and not weakness.

 

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is bliss, taste it, Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is too precious, do not destroy it. Life is life, fight for it.

Thank you very much for listening, have an enjoyable International Men’s Day.

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