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GHANA FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE FOUNDATION ORGANIZING GHANA'S PARTICIPATION IN 2010 INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY WORLDWIDE OBSERVANCE

The Honorable Samuel NiTeiko Tackie, President and Founder of Ghana Fatherhood Initiative Foundation (http://www.ghanafatherhoodinitiative.org) has announced that his organization will organize Ghana's participation in the worldwide observance of 2010 International Men's Day. The theme for 2010 International Men's Day is >"Our Children ... Our Future". The worldwide observance of 2010 International Men's Day will occur on Friday, 19 November 2010. Under Mr. Tackie's leadership, the Ghana Fatherhood Initiative Foundation organized Ghana's successful participation in the worldwide observance of 2009 International Men's Day.

The Ghana Fatherhood Initiative promotes responsible fatherhood through the formation of Dad's Clubs Chapters. It also organizes events which support healthy Fatherhood activities and encourage responsible parenting and Fatherhood.

NORMATIVE MALE ALEXITHYMIA: JASON THOMPSON

This recent misuse of the alexithymia concept by Harvard University Professor Dr. Ron Levant shows how easily the alexithymia construct can be misunderstood as a stoic resistance, repression, or denial of emotions. Levant devised the phrase "normative male alexithymia" to describe how North American males suffer to some degree from cultural conditioning which causes men to repress their vulnerable and caring emotions causing them to become underdeveloped in emotional expressiveness. He says, "Many men were raised (and continue to be raised) to function in a world that no longer exists. To be good men, they were told, they must become reliable providers, emotionally stoic, logical, solution oriented, and aggressive." [Levant. Men and Emotions (1997) p.3]

Levant further states the problem this way: "I believe that a mild form of alexithymia is very wide-spread among adult men and that it results from the male emotional socialization ordeal, which requires boys to…