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JOEL CODY TAPPED TO SERVE AS PENNSYLVANIA (USA) REGIONAL COORDINATOR FOR 2011 INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY

CONTACT:

Mr. Joel Cody
Pennsylvania (USA) Regional Coordinator - 2011 International Men's Day
National Strategic Regional Coordinator - 2011 International Men's Day
E-Mail: joelcody@hotmail.com

PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA) -- The International Men's Day Coordination Committee has tapped Mr. Joel Cody to serve as the Pennsylvania (USA) Regional Coordinator for 2011 International Men's Day (www.international-mens-day.com) which will be celebrated on Saturday, 19 November 2011 under the theme "Giving Boys The Best Possible Start In Life" in over 40 nations around the world. International Men's Day celebrates and honors the selfless sacrifices and contributions that Men make to our families, communities, and society. It enjoys a 48-hour partnership with Universal Children's Day which is observed worldwide on 20 November of each year and is endorsed by the United Nations.

Mr. Cody is a humanitarian, publicist, and professional songwriter, arranger, and composer who has agreed to serve as the contact person for individuals and organizations throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania interested in raising awareness for and participating in the worldwide observance of 2011 International Men's Day. Cody has also been selected to serve as the National Strategic Regional Coordinator for 2011 International Men's Day. He will assist Regional Coordinators throughout the United States in expanding outreach initiatives for 2011 International Men's Day to cities and communities throughout their respective states.

Global and Regional Coordinators for 2011 International Men's Day have identified five areas which individuals and organizations who want to to action and give boys the best possible start in life can focus on:

· 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 ollective tolerance and support of violence against men and boys?


· RIGHTS TO FATHERHOOD: How can we give boys a right to family ife that gives them an equal opportunity to know and experience both heir father and mother and ensure that their role as a future father i 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?

Individuals and organziations throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania interested in raising awareness for and participating in the worldwide observance of 2011 International Men's Day should contact Mr. Cody by sending an e-mail to: joelcody@hotmail.com.

For information about 2011 International Men's Day, please visit its website at www.international-mens-day.com.


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