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03 November, 2009

INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY 19 NOVEMBER 2009 WORLDWIDE OBSERVANCE




AUSTRALIA – 5 NOVEMBER 2009 -- Men and Fathers, Men’s Groups, Fatherhood Practitioners, and Fatherhood organizations throughout our global village will observe International Men’s Day on Thursday, 19 November 2009. Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Australia, India, United States, Singapore, United Kingdom, Malta, South Africa, Georgia, New Zealand, Moldova, Germany, Holland and Brazil are just some some of the nations around the globe that are planning activities on International Men’s Day 2009 which will honor the selfless sacrifices of men and celebrate men’s invaluable contributions to families, communities, and society.

Dr Jerome Teelucksingh, founder of International Men’s Day (IMD) said, “International Men’s Day is about addressing the challenges and problems that men face; improving gender relations between men and women; promoting gender equality; highlighting positive male role models – not just movie stars and athletes – but “everyday working class men who are living decent, honest lives”; and creating a safer and better world”.

Diane A. Sears, IMD Coordinator in the USA, said, “We must work together as a team. International Men’s Day provides us with a great opportunity. Strong fathers create and sustain efficiently functioning family units which positively shape the minds and souls of our children – our future – our bridge to the future. After all, isn’t it really about our children?”

Warwick Marsh, Founder of Dads4Kids and the IMD Global Coordinator added “It is my hope that International Men’s Day will be the catalyst for men, men and fatherhood groups, individuals, both men and women to celebrate the importance of ‘Positive Male Role Models’, the theme for 2009.”

Uma Challa is the IMD Coordinator for India. She made the point that, “International women’s Day is celebrated the world over every year but we also need to have a celebration every year to recognize and honor men: our fathers, brothers, partners, sons, male friends and colleagues; for the numerous services they render and the innumerable sacrifices they make to ensure the health and well-being of the family and the society.”

Jason Thompson, Global Promotions Coordinator for IMD said, “I would like to take this opportunity to ask individuals and organizations who are planning an event to contact me with the details at: soulgany@bigpond.com”


For information, blogs, forums, webcasts, posters, logos and other resources for International Men’s Day on 19 November 2009 and for Media Inquiries, visit International Men’s Day website at: www.internationalmensday.com


CONTACTS:
Australia: Warwick Marsh - Telephone: +61 2 4272 6677; E-Mail: info@fatherhood.org.au

Trinidad & West Indies: Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh -
Telephone: +1 868 665 8227; E-Mail: jtluxing@yahoo.com

India: Uma Challa - Telephone: +91 40 97046 83163;
E-Mail: challa.uma@gmail.com

United States of America: Diane A. Sears -
E-Mail: bsi-international@earthlink.net or insearchoffatherhood@gmail.com





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