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A WORLD WITHOUT INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY: DR. JEROME TEELUCKSINGH

In 1999, the revival of the observance of International Men’s Day (IMD) signaled a watershed in the men’s movement. International Men’s Day was chosen to honor my Dad, a retired Presbyterian minister, who resides in Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indies. His birthday is on 19th November. I also chose the day since on 19 November 1989, the football (soccer) team from my country in its quest to qualify for the World Cup, united the citizens.

Despite its origins, this version of IMD is not about religious conversion, promoting religion, condemning cultures, eradicating capitalism or praising soccer. A slow start and small audience at the observance in 1999 would have been an ominous sign that this effort would be stillborn. Fortunately, the spark was kept burning and the recent explosion of IMD during 2008 and 2009 shocked many critics. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that this seed had blossomed and bore fruit. Yes, IMD easily transcended language barriers, geographic boundar…