Celebrate Humanity, Celebrate IHD

Today is celebrated as International Men’s Day (19th November) annually to recognise and celebrate the achievements of men and to highlight the issues like discrimination against them in the areas of social services, attitudes and expectations.

International Men’s Day (IMD) is, however, not officially recognised by the United Nations, which ironically observes the World Toilet Day on the same day, i.e. 19th November to raise awareness of the global sanitation crisis, as if only men need this awareness.

Jokes apart, according to UNICEF and WHO, approximately 60% of the global population, or approximately 4.5 billion people, do not have toilets at home or do not know how to properly dispose of toilet waste.

To put focus on the crucial issue of sanitation, the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) was launched on 2nd October, 2014 and within five years, over 100 million toilets in rural India were constructed to declare all villages open-defecation free (ODF) on 2nd October, 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Now coming back to the issue of IMD, we all know that International Women’s Day (IWD) is also celebrated every year on 8th March to commemorate the achievements of women and to highlight their issues like gender equality and violence and abuse against women.

But the question is, “Why IMD?” The answer is “Why not?” After all, they are also human beings and face several issues in and around society as protectors of the family.

The Day is, therefore, observed to talk about several important topics related to men’s well-being and health, promoting positive expressions of masculinity and also highlighting their struggles. That’s why this year IMD celebrates the theme “Helping Men and Boys”.

A reasearch study shows that in India, 70% suicides are committed by males. As males can’t freely share their feelings, they suffer from more stress related issues like cardiac arrest, heart diseases, hypertension and diabetes. There are more cases of prostate cancer than breast cancer or uterine cancer.

Both IWD and IMD are gender-related events to highlight issues considered to be unique to women and men respectively. This, to my mind, is not appropriate. Today is the day to ponder.

Men and women are not pitted against each other. Nature has made them complementary and supplementary to each other, the two sides of the same coin. Let it remain like that.

Just imagine a life without each other. Will it not be really boring and impracticable? Whether men or women, they should always be there to listen to each other, and listen without judging.

So instead of observing IMD or IWD separately, let’s arrive at a common day to celebrate “International Human Day (IHD)” with theme, “better harmony between men and women for a better world“.

Till the consensus is reached, let’s celebrate both days as IHD for better harmony, but the question remains, “If we can celebrate Human Rights Day (10th December) and World Humanitarian Day (19th August) together, then why not IHD?”

–Kaushal Kishore

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  1. Men are neglected in this age. I listened to Paul Washer this morning on my trip to my daughter. His teaching was for men in the room and I was quite sad about it afterwards. I was taught men are just below God, the women, then children. Inferior men are the fault of the previous generation, he said. Anyway, it was good to know I heard his teaching on IMD. Thanks for this. 🙂

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    1. So kind of you, Sasha to share your feelings and Paul Washer’s talk. This is the reality that normally doesn’t surface. Thank you for your graciousness!


  2. More such well written blogs are needed. These help to educate. Yes IWD is needed but also IMD is needed as well. Many issues around men are ignored and that’s totally unfair. There is no awareness around this topic and nobody wants to talk about it.

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    1. Thank you, Devang, for your generous words! I agree with you that IMD is also the need of the hour. There are so many critical issues related to men, but the same are swept under the carpet. Thanks again for sharing your frank views.

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  3. Thank you, Kaushal, for this interesting essay. Once again, we are like-minded because some time ago I wrote a post “In Defence of Men”, where I pointed out everything men had done and are doing now. This was in response to a series of negative articles about men.
    I am very impressed to read about SBM’s achievement, and Gandhi would have rejoiced.
    You made a valid point about two different but complementing sides of a coin, and a day of celebration for both would do admirably.


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    1. I agree, Joanna, there are so many things in respect of which, we find ourselves on the same wavelength. Thank you for your kind sentiments that you echoed. I truly appreciate. As regards SBM, it’s the present government that has emphasized on sanitation on such a grand scale.


  4. International Human Day would be a wonderful addition to both International Men and International Women day. I think the spotlight on men and women separately is a good idea, because they both have struggles unique to their gender…but also share many struggles that are approached differently by men and women. Imagining a life without men or women….it wouldn’t be life for long once procreation stops! Well written piece, KK! 💞💞💞

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    1. Thank you, Dawn, for your appreciation and suggestion. I agree with you in this respect. How to celebrate or observe Days may be worked out, but gender conflict should be avoided, as they are the two wheels of a bicycle.

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  5. This was an interesting read. The issue of male suicide is definitely one that needs highlighting and addressing in all countries.
    I disagree that we should do away with IWD and IMD and have IHD in its place. The balance of power between men and women has never been the same and still isn’t. Whilst we continue to live in a patriarchal society, IWD must and will remain. Women have always suffered and fought for every right they have and still don’t have, and so many still continue to be abused and die at the hands of men every day. Women’s issues, the safety of women especially, equal rights, etc. has an incredibly long way to go. IWD rightly highlights these issues and unites women in the cause to continue fighting for their rights. In so many countries its still desperately needed, and women march on that day even at danger to themselves but it’s the only way things lead to change.
    Having an IHD as well could certainly celebrate humanitarianism, goodwill to all, etc but it wouldn’t address important individual issues as IWD does or IMD.
    Also, I’ve just googled it and it seems there is already a World Humanitarian Day which occurs on 19th August every year.
    Having said all the above, I hope you are well and had a pleasant IMD ⭐

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    1. Very well put, Sunra! I appreciate you and your concerns for women’s rights and welfare. You’re right. I don’t counter, because opinions differ and should differ. What I feel is that there should be no clashes on gender issues. So let’s have all the 3 Days, as suggested by you, both to address individual gender issues and to maintain harmony.

      Do you know that there are matriarchal society as well, though very few in number?

      As regards, World Humanitarian Day, I have also mentioned it in my post, but it’s purpose is different, i.e. to recognise the aid workers who have sacrificed their own lives to humanitarian causes and needs.

      Thank you for taking your precious time to read and share your beautiful reflections!


  6. That will catch on too. But this the first I have heard about IMD being celebrated. I searched it, and it says that it is celebrated globally 😮

    How come it doesn’t get that much coverage, as women’s day?!

    I have nothing against women, heck, I am a woman. But ignoring men all together as if they don’t matter at all.

    There is good among them, just like there is evil among women. There need to be a balance, and we are so out of it….sadly.

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    1. One probable reason is that IMD has not been recognised as such by UN. Secondly, IWD has been observed right since 1914, while IMD has started in 1992.

      Whatever may be the reason, you’re right, any one of the two genders should not be ignored or discriminated against, after all, each constitutes half of the population. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful reflection!

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  7. I never knew of such a day, and clearly I missed it. I think the prevailing sentiment is that men, in general, get – or take – too much credit, so the heck with them. But, as you pointed out, we have been saddled with a lot of expectations that unfortunately break a lot of men. When was the last time that any girl/woman was responsible for a mass killing? It’s almost always a broken man. The dismissiveness is unfair, and look how many have suffered as a result! — YUR

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    1. Any disgruntled person becomes an anathema to society. You are right, boys or men are mainly responsible for mass shootings, probably because they can’t control their feelings of anger. On the other hand, tolerance level of women is high. But I agree dismissiveness for a particular gender is unfair. Thank you so much for taking your time to read and share your beautiful reflections. Much appreciated!

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