Celebrating International Men’s Day 2020

Barefoot bowls, a young men’s mental health webinar, virtual lunches and in-person breakfasts … the number of ways to celebrate men on November 19 is growing across Australia.

While many workplaces are running bespoke and private events for their staff for International Men’s Day 2020, other groups are running diverse celebrations for the public.

4Dads is hosting a free evening session at Mandurah and have invited former West Coast Eagles player Glen Jakovich to share his experiences under the theme, ‘Leading by example?’

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At the Men’s Shed in Ulverstone, Tasmania, local businessman John White is the guest speaker at a free barbecue lunch that will explore and share resources on men’s physical, mental and social health.

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Another informational session in the evening, will focus on younger men’s health. This 90-minute session hosted by Top Blokes Foundation has an amazing line-up of speakers, including 26-year-old Aussie pro surfer Cooper Chapman, founder of The Good Human Factory, Masculinity Coach Dylan Roos, and best-selling parenting author Maggie Dent.

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At Palmerston in the Northern Territory, the local council has organised a range of activities throughout the day, starting with a breakfast, an open story-book reading session and basketball for boys in the afternoon.

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Also in Darwin, is an all-day forum about ‘issues affecting Territory men’ at Doubletree by Hilton. There’s a fantastic line-up of speakers including Professor Mick Dodson (Aboriginal Treaty Commissioner), Travis Garone (Movember) and Matthew Hull (MATES in Construction).

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Listen to Michael Winnel argue the case against male circumcision when he speaks to Bill Kable at 11am via the Dads On The Air podcast in a program titled, The Foreskin Revolution.

And if you are anywhere near the Kyogle Bowling Club in NSW on the day, enjoy bowls, barbecue and beer with the locals.

Purpose of International Men's Day

Celebrated in 80 countries around the world, International Men’s Day exists to celebrate men and boys in all their diversity. Some groups will take the opportunity to highlight some of the social issues that face men and boys.

The InternationalMensDay.Info website has listed 20 BIG QUESTIONS facing men and masculinity, and invites organisers to use these as conversation starters, downloading and sharing as many posters as they choose. VIEW IMD POSTERS

These are supported by a range of articles, exploring many of the themes highlighted. 

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If you plan to hold an event for International Men’s Day in 2020, you can promote your events on InternationalMensDay.Info, which is hosted by the Australian Men’s Health Forum (AMHF). Email kim@amhf.org.au for a listing with details of the event including time, place, duration and any costs. 

You might also choose to give a Know Your Man Facts talk, which comes with full powerpoint deck, speaker notes and an interactive quiz. 

Many individuals and organisations celebrate the day by sharing an IMD social media graphic with their own message. Grab a graphic and let's get Australia talking about men. 

 

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