International Men's Day Finding some Support in U.S.
International Men's Day is a time to celebrate the boys and men in our lives.
Many believe it's time to open our hearts and media coverage to boys' and men's issues, particularly in education. Data from the U.S. Department of Education has identified that boys and young men have been falling behind in education and college degrees for decades, with the trend showing no signs of slowing. In 2009 a multi-partisan coalition of the nation’s leading experts articulated the depth of the issue and the need for a White House Council on Boys and Men to address its multiple facets. "The stepping stones of education begin in the early years," said Sean Kullman, an educator, researcher, and steering committee member of A Coalition to Create a White House Council on Boys and Men and a founding member of the International Coalition for Boys and Men. "And the support of boys and men must continue into high school, college, career, and family-life. Boys and girls are different in certain ways. A public awareness of inherent traits remains central to helping our boys, men, and the women who support them lead healthy and productive lives," he said.
Since 1999, celebrating International Men's Day has included public seminars, forums, conferences, festivals and fundraisers, classroom activities at schools, government observances, prayers meetings, award ceremonies, special retail promotions and a number of other public displays of recognition. Over 80 countries celebrate International Men's Day. Only 15 U.S. states and Washington D.C. recognize the day, but men and women around the country acknowledging its importance. More media coverage and public awareness of issues relevant to our sons, brothers, husbands, fathers, and grandfathers remains essential.
Expanding International Men's Day to every state can help bring more awareness to the issues of boys and men. At YcantBoysbeBoys.com, we celebrate boys and men and the women who love them.