Cayman Islands to mark International Men’s Day

For the first time, the Cayman Islands join countries worldwide to celebrate International Men’s Day.

The Department of Counselling Services’ Family Resource Centre has joined forces with the Department of Sports to organise a football tournament and exposition for men and boys at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on 19 November.

According to organisers, the objectives of International Men’s Day is to focus on men’s and boys’ health, improve gender relations, promote gender equality, and highlight positive male role models, while creating a safer, less-violent world. Miriam Foster of the Family Resource Centre said, “We invite all to take part in these events and we also encourage organisations, community or individuals to join us in celebrating with events that are solution-focused and address the five key challenges presented.”

International Men’s Day began on 19 November, 1999, in Trinidad and Tobago and was supported by the United Nations.

The event celebrates men’s achievements and contributions, particularly to community, family, marriage, and child care.

This year’s theme, “Give boys the best possible start in life” asks people to focus on five key challenges boys all over the world experience. These include:

Health and life expectancy: Why do boys have higher a likelihood of suicide? What can be done to give boys a chance to help them live longer, happier, healthier lives?

Education: Why are boys in richer countries under-performing compared to girls and less likely to get an education? How can truancy, depression and substance abuse be addressed? How can the gap between the sexes be closed?

Tolerance of violence: What actions can be taken to help boys grow up free from violence and challenge collective tolerance and support of violence against men and boys?

Family life: How can boys be given a right to family life and an equal opportunity to know and experience both father and mother and ensure their role as a future father is equal to girl’s role as a future mother?

Real life choices: How can every boy be assured of opportunities to make a range of positive life choices in terms of work, family and leisure and reduce the number of boys whose life choices are limited and end up poor, illiterate, unemployed, homeless, imprisoned and isolated?

The Family Resource Centre will host two events in honour of International Men’s Day – the first International Men’s Day Football Tournament and Expo, which is free and open to the public and which the Centre hopes will become an annual event, as well as “Give Boys the Best Possible Start in Life” roundtable discussion, which will be a featured broadcast. The event at Truman Bodden Sports Complex begins at 9am on Saturday, 19 November, and will feature a football tournament, free interactive booths, food for sale, 3-on-3 basketball, races and other activities.

Anyone who wants to be in the football tournament and compete for a grand prize should complete a registration form obtained from the Family Resource Centre.

Football is open to all males ages 8 and up. Entry costs are $5 for boys and $15 for men, with T-shirts included. Each team must consist of five males from the same category. Categories include Youth Category 1: boys 8-12; Youth Category 2: boys 13-18; and Adult Category 3: men 19 and older.

Each adult team will be combined with a youth category team to form a one team of 10 players, made up of five men and five youths.

Registration deadline is Friday, 11 November.

For more information or to find out how to get involved, contact Ms Foster on 949-0006 or email [email protected]

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