02 June, 2018


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Mr. Varise Cooper
New York (USA) Regional Coordinator – International Men’s Day

          NEW YORK NY (USA)  -- 2 JUNE 2018 – The International Men’s Day Union has announced the appointment of management consultant and Notary Public Mr. Varise Cooper as the New York (USA) Regional Coordinator for International Men’s Day (   Mr. Cooper will be the point of contact for all organizations, individuals, and institutions throughout New York that participate in and/or raise awareness for International Men’s Day which will be observed on Monday, 19 November 2018.  Under Mr. Cooper’s leadership, New York will join cities in 83 nations throughout our global village in the observance of International Men’s Day under the theme “Renewing Our Commitment To Men And Boys . . . Building A Better World For Everyone”.  

              How can institutions, organizations, and individuals renew their commitment to Men and Boys and help build a better world for everyone?  As an example, Global and Regional Coordinators for International Men’s Day encourage us to create pathways for emotional freedom for Men and Boys and to “level the academic playing field” for boys and adolescent young men:

Create Pathways for Emotional Freedom For Men And Boys --  The number of Men and Boys throughout our global village who end their lives by committing suicide is alarming.  Is there a connection between the manner in which Men and Boys are socialized and the suicide rate? Are Men and Boys taught to suffer in silence when they are in pain and that seeking help is “unmanly”?  

 ·         Rewrite the narrative on strength and masculinity by redefining strength.  Being strong is being vulnerable.  When a soul is vulnerable they are standing in front of another person spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically naked.  Only a strong person can and will allow themselves to be vulnerable.

 ·         All clinics and medical facilities in all communities should be staffed with at least one (1) mental health professional who is sensitive to and can effectively address and resolve the unique psychological, emotional, and spiritual issues experienced by Men and Boys.  We must ensure that sufficient social services exist for Men and Boys.

 ·         Incarcerated Men have deeply embedded psychological, emotional, and spiritual wounds.  The design and implementation of a two-tiered mandatory psychological debriefing program for all males who have been incarcerated and their family members and loved ones for a mandatory minimum period of one (1) year would help address and heal these wounds.

 ·         Address the role that Fatherlessness and the lack of a strong and dominant male presence during a boy’s journey from childhood to manhood plays in the spiritual, psychological, and emotional wounding of Men and Boys.

·         Let’s engage the Men and Boys in our lives in a conversation – a real conversation – about their emotional, psychological, and spiritual reaction to disappointments, rejections, and perceived failures.    Ask questions: “How do you feel about what happened?  Are you happy?  Are you sad?   Do you feel numb?  How can I make things better for you?   What can I do to help you through the difficult time that you are going through?”   

 ·         Let’s recognize the symptoms of mental, emotional, and spiritual distress which take the form of behavioral changes.   These behavioral changes include, but are not limited to, insomnia, excessive moodiness, loss of appetite, and change in appearance – e.g., poor grooming and hygiene, and withdrawal.   

Level the “Academic Playing Field” For Boys and Adolescent Young Men -  Boys and young adolescent males – particularly, in marginalized communities -- are academically underperforming their female counterparts in a number of nations which include the United States. As an example, girls outperform boys in reading and writing on standardized tests.    They are more likely to be categorized by educators and school administrators as “intellectually challenged” and “behavior problems,” warehoused in Special Education classes, and diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and placed on psychotropic medications such as Ritalin, than their female counterparts.

·         School districts, school administrators, educators, parents, and concerned key stakeholders must set literacy goals for boys and adolescent young males.  Every boy and adolescent young male enrolled in school should have a reading and writing level and a reading comprehension level which is at least equivalent to his grade level, if not one grade above his current grade level.

·         Why are boys and adolescent young males performing poorly in reading and writing on standardized tests?  Is it because the subject matter of the reading and writing materials do not capture the imagination of boys and adolescent young males? Do school districts, educators and administrators need to develop and implement a “boy-friendly” reading and writing curriculum?  Is the development of reading and writing skills not being encouraged and monitored at home?

·         What factors are involved in the categorization by educators and school administrators of boys and adolescent young males as “intellectually challenged” and “behavior problems” at a much higher rate than their female counterparts?   How can these factors be addressed and resolved?

·          In view of the fact that a definitive test for Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is not administered by educators and school administrators, they must look closely at the behavior of boys and adolescent young males to determine if their behavior which may appear to be Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is actually something else which does not warrant Ritalin or other psychotropic medications being prescribed.   Let’s look at nonpharmacologic remedies such as yoga, transcendental meditation and diet modification – e.g., the reduction of sugar intake in the daily diet of boys and adolescent young males.

·         Recruit and employ more male teachers in school districts and schools where disciplinary and “behavior problems” issues are higher among boys and adolescent young males than their female counterparts -- particularly in marginalized communities.

·         Consider the role that Fatherlessness and the absence of positive male role models in communities and a strong and dominant male presence in households play in the academic underperformance of boys and adolescent young males and their propensity to be categorized as “intellectually challenged” and “behavior problems”.

           Inaugurated in Trinidad and Tobago on 19 November 1999 by Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D., a Gender Issues Thought Leader, humanitarian, faculty member in the History Department of the University of West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, a prolific author, and poet, International Men’s Day celebrates and honors the contributions and sacrifices of Men -- “every day men”.  The worldwide observance shares a 48-hour partnership with Universal Children’s Day which is observed on 20th November of each year and is endorsed by the United Nations. 

         International Men’s Day is a day of observance in which 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 sportsmen but every day, 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.

        Individuals, organizations, and institutions located in New York interested in participating in 2018 International Men’s Day should contact Mr. Varise Cooper, the New York (USA) Regional Coordinator for International Men’s Day by sending an e-mail to:

            To learn more about International Men’s Day, visit: http://www.usainternational mensday.    

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