International Men’s Day

Is 'man up' the most destructive phrase in modern culture?

On 19 November Charterhouse celebrated International Men’s Day with Fifth Form pupils (Year 11) taking part in a series of workshops on men’s wellbeing, the meaning of masculinity and gender stereotypes. The workshops, delivered by gender equality organisation ‘Great Men’, prompted conversations about issues facing men in contemporary life today, and posed the question: “Is 'man up' the most destructive phrase in modern culture?”

The 6 Pillars of International Men’s Day

  • To promote positive male role models; not just movie stars and sports men 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 men; 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 people can be safe and grow to reach their full potential.

Launched in 1999, and celebrated in around 80 countries worldwide, International Men’s Day has achieved another landmark this year by being granted a second debate in the Houses of Commons in London (held on 14 November) where politicians, led by the courageous Philip Davies MP, considered some of the key issues facing men and boys.

For more information regarding International Men’s Day and what you can do to support this cause, please visit the official website here.

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