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11 July, 2016

DR. LUBEGA PATRICK TAPPED TO SERVE AS UGANDA'S INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY COORDINATOR


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Dr. Lubega Patrick
Uganda Coordinator – International Men’s Day
E-Mail: lubegapatrickm@gmail.com



KAMPALA, UGANDA – 11 July 2016 -- Humanitarian and Executive Director of Hands Across Org, Dr. Lubega Patrick, has been tapped to serve as the International Men’s Day Coordinator for the nation of Uganda. International Men’s Day is observed on 19 November of each year in 80 nations throughout our global village and celebrates and honors the contributions and sacrifices that Men – everyday Men – make to our families, our communities, and our world. Inaugurated in 1999 by Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D., a Gender Issues Thought Leader, humanitarian, faculty member in the History Department at the University of West Indies, poet and author, International Men’s Day shares a 48 hour partnership with Universal Children’s Day which is observed throughout our global village on 20 November of each year and is endorsed by the United Nations.


“Dr. Lubega will serve as the point of contact for all individuals, organizations, and institutions throughout the nation of Uganda who are interested in participating in International Men’s Day. Uganda joins 80 nations, which include the United States, Ghana, Botswana, Australia, the United Kingdom, India, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada and France, in observing International Men’s Day. International Men’s Day is a global grassroots movement which is working to make the world a better and safer place not just for Men and Boys but for everyone. Dr. Lubega’s work which is improving the lives of Men and Boys through Hands Across Org was brought to our attention by one of his colleagues, Ms. Rashim Salim. The mission of Hands Across Org is in alignment with the objectives of International Men’s Day. We welcome the nation of Uganda into the International Men’s Day family with open arms and look forward to working with Dr. Lubega and his colleagues,” stated Diane A. Sears, a member of the International Men’s Day Coordination Committee where she represents the United States, National Coordinator for International Men’s Day in the United States, and Chair of the USA 2012-2022 International Men’s Day Ten Year Plan Committee.


This year International Men’s Day, which is held on Saturday 19th November 2016, coincides with International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. To help the world mark these two observance days, we are inviting men and women all over the world to join us in adopting the official International Men’s Day Theme for 2016: “Talk About Male Suicide”. As a day of observance we place our focus on that which unites humanity- giving everyone who wants to celebrate International Men’s Day the opportunity to help work towards our shared objectives which we apply equally to men and boys irrespective of their age, ability, social background, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, religious belief and relationship status.


Those objectives are:
●To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sports men but everyday, working class men who are living decent, honest lives.

●To celebrate men’s positive contributions; to society, community, family, marriage, child care, and to the environment

●To focus on men’s health and wellbeing; social, emotional, physical and spiritual

●To highlight discrimination against males; in areas of social services, social attitudes and expectations, and law

●To improve gender relations and promote gender equality

●To create a safer, better world, where all people can grow and reach their full potential.


Finding new, innovative and effective ways to engage every individual and organisation in the world in a conversation about male suicide is just one way people can further the objectives of International Men’s Day in 2016. Individuals, organizations, and institutions in Uganda interested in learning more about and participating in 2016 International Men’s Day, should contact Dr. Lubega Patrick, he Uganda Coordinator for International Men’s Day by sending an e-mail to: lubegapatrickm@gmail.com.