The International Men's Day Coordination Committee is honored and pleased to announce that The Honorable Chief Bob Red Hawk of the Lenape Nation in the United States of America has accepted an invitation to become a Regional Coordinator for 2011 International Men's Day. Under The Honorable Chief Bob Red Hawk's Leadership as the Lenape Nation Regional Coordinator for 2011 International Men's Day, the Lenape Nation will join over 50 nations around the globe in observing 2011 International Men's Day (wwww.international-mens-day.com) on Saturday, 19 November 2011 under the theme "Giving Boys The Best Possible Start In Life".
In response to the growing global "Crisis of Boys", Global and Regional Coordinators in over 50 nations around the world have identified five key challenges which serve as obstacles to boys and young adolescent males -- our sons and the Next Generation of Fathers -- from achieving academic excellence and maturing into purpose-driven, productive, and successful adults:
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 a 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?