13 April, 2011
Undoubtedly, the IMD coordinators and supporters deserve the honour and recognition of not only ‘Persons of the Year’ but ‘Persons of the Day’ and ‘Persons of the Week’. Why? This is because they have been keeping International Men’s Day alive every day, every week and every month. They deserve this recognition and I salute everyone involved in this worldwide effort. They have built and carefully maintained a solid human infrastructure which connects individuals from around the world.
IMD is not a magic genie to grant wishes that all problems be solved. Sympathizers and supporters are not seeking fifteen minutes of fame. They are part of IMD because they are aware of the long-term beneficial effects on society. They have helped re-define human relationships. Their loyalty and dedication are the vital engines of this movement. They have talent, experience and expertise which they are willing to share with others.
IMD has been moving at a pace which reflects its synergy. During November 2010 to March 2011, IMD has gained new coordinators in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Arizona and Alabama (in the USA); Angola, Mexico, Botswana, Belgium and Norway. Additionally, the City of Philadelphia (in the USA) has agreed to issue a proclamation recognizing IMD. This extraordinary surge in coordinating activity was due to excellent networking skills.
It is a commendable effort by the willing coordinators and volunteers -- the ‘Persons of the Year’. They are ensuring the continuous growth of this exciting phase of International Men’s Day to create a better today and tomorrow.
The world is familiar with natural disasters as earthquakes and tsunamis. Many of us would remember the shock on learning that thousands of persons had lost their lives when natural disasters struck Haiti and Japan in 2010 and 2011. Sometimes precautions minimize or prevent deaths during these natural disasters.
Are we prepared for personal disasters? Can we survive an emotional earthquake or psychological tsunami? International Men’s Day ("IMD") can assist in minimizing the impact of misfortunes such as failures, disappointments and depression.
The supporters and coordinators of IMD are similar to the rescue teams and volunteers who willingly assist after a natural disaster. We are ready to help the grieving and the emotionally hurt. We are ready to comfort those who face discrimination and pain.
In 2010, there was a political tsunami when governments were embarrassed by the public exposure of confidential documents by WikiLeaks. In late 2010 and early 2011, countries endured political upheavals and social earthquakes as there were protests in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt. These two incidents provide evidence that the global IMD movement should not be limited to the grassroots but include the improvement of international relations among world leaders. And, IMD must also ensure that political leaders are aware of the 6 Objectives so they will offer better treatment to their citizens.
IMD is an international rescue team with openness and transparency. We are always equipped and ready to help those affected by personal, political, emotional, social and psychological earthquakes and tsunamis.
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