04 January, 2011


The International Men’s Day Coordination Committee has announced that journalist DANIELLE WILLIAMS has accepted its invitation to serve as the Arizona (USA) Regional Coordinator for 2011 International Men’s Day. Ms. Williams, who can be contacted by sending an e-mail to:, has a journalism background in television and radio. Currently, Williams is a regular contributor for “The McMahon Group”, a television program aired on AZTV Channel 13; a media contributor to Arizona Women In Media; and works at News Talk/Sports Radio KTAR as the Continuity Director of Traffic where she also writes and records environmental green tips which are aired on the radio station. Williams hosts green environmental videos which highlight businesses in Arizona that are making a difference and having a positive impact on the state by “being green”. Her environmental advocacy and her work with companies in Arizona that are helping the state save money, time, and energy, has caused Williams, a former television field reporter at Earth Media Studios and Morning Show co-host at Emmis Communications, to be viewed by many as “The Green Queen”.

Founded in 1999 by Jerome Teelucksingh,, Ph.D., a faculty member in the History Department at the University of West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago and the Chairman of the International Men’s Day Coordination Committee, International Men’s Day celebrates and honors the contributions and sacrifices that Men to our families, communities, and society. In 2011, Men and Women from more than 40 countries are calling on people around the world to unite and focus on “Giving Boys The Best Possible Start In Life”.

“Ms. Williams was brought to our attention by Frank Crump, the Founder and President of UPI Education (, an organization that designs and implements a results-oriented Life Skills Solutions™ curriculum. I am looking forward to assisting Ms. Williams in raising awareness for 2011 International Men’s Day in her role as the Arizona (USA) Regional Coordinator,” remarked Diane A. Sears, the 2011 International Men’s Day Coordinator for the United States and a member of the International Men’s Day Coordination Committee.

Organizers are promising the biggest boys’ weekend the world has ever seen as the worldwide observance of International Men’s Day shares a 48-hour partnership with Universal Children’s Day on Sunday, 20 November 2011 and is endorsed by the United Nations. 2011 International Men’s Day is asking people around the world to focus on five key challenges that boys all the over the world experience in areas of health, education, family life, violence and life choices and consider how we can all come up with local solutions to the global problems that boys face:

HEALTH AND LIFE EXPECTANCY: Why are boys around the world more likely to die before the age of five and why do boys in every continent look forward to a much shorter life than girls? What are the reasons for boy’s higher likelihood of suicide? What action can we take to give boys the best possible start in life and help them live longer, happier, healthier lives?

EDUCATIONAL FOCUS: Why are boys in richer countries underperforming girls and also less likely to be in education, and why are tens of millions of boys in poorer countries still not completing a primary education? How can we address truancy, and poor literacy rates which leave boys prone to adult unemployment, substance abuse, obesity, depression, and poverty? What action can we take to focus on boys’ education in way that gives them the best possible start in life and closes the gaps between girls and boys and rich boys and poor boys?

• TOLERANCE OF VIOLENCE: Why are we so tolerant of violence and abuse against men and boys and why do we still tolerate a world where we send boys to fight the wars among adults? What actions can we take to help boys’ grow up free from violence and challenge our collective tolerance and support of violence against men and boys?

RIGHTS TO FATHERHOOD: How can we give boys a right to family life that gives them an equal opportunity to know and experience both their father and mother and ensure that their role as a future father is equal to a girls role as future mother. What actions can we take to give every boy an equal right to fatherhood?

REAL LIFE CHOICES: How can we make sure that every boy has opportunities to make a range of positive life choices in terms of work, family and leisure and reduce the number of boys whose life choices are limited and end up poor, illiterate, unemployed, homeless, imprisoned and isolated? What action can we make to help every boy get the best possible start in life and make a positive transition form boy to man that makes the world a better place for everyone?

Organizations and individuals interested in learning more about and participating in the worldwide observance of 2011 International Men’s Day, should contact MS. WILLIAMS by sending her an e-mail to: For information about 2011 International Men’s Day and its theme “Giving Boys The Best Possible Start In Life,” visit its website at

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