FRC to mark International Men’s Day

Men’s and boy’s health issues, gender relations and positive male role models will be the central focuses as the Family Resource Centre marks International Men’s Day on Tuesday.

“In an increasingly complex and demanding world, International Men’s Day looks to foster and provide opportunities for males of all ages to discuss issues of mutual interest in safe and non-judgmental ways,” said the Minister of Health, Environment, Culture and Housing Dwayne Seymour in a statement on Friday.

The FRC said annual observance of International Men’s Day is an occasion to highlight the positive value men bring to the world, their families and communities; and their positive contributions to society.

“In keeping with the observance’s core objectives, this year’s International Men’s Day theme is ‘Men Leading by Example’,” said FRC’s Programme Coordinator Charmaine Miller. “We are looking forward to celebrating International Men’s Day on Tuesday, and throughout the rest of November, by involving men and boys in activities that help create positive interactions.”

Among the events planned are private screenings of the locally produced documentary ‘Men’s Voice’. The film, the FRC said, focuses on highlighting positive male role models and discussing the issues and challenges men face.

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“‘Men’s Voice’ explores themes that discuss the socialisation of men, men’s health, family, cultural influences highlighting opportunities for actionable change,” it said.

The FRC is also asking the public to nominate positive male role models, who lead by example in the family, school, workplace or community, on its Facebook page.

It is also hosting a Men and Boys Basketball Tournament on Saturday, 30 Nov., at the John Gray High School Gymnasium.

The event, the FRC said, is an intergenerational basketball tournament, where men and boys will play on the same teams.

To learn more, contact the FRC at 949-0006, or visit

Upcoming events
● Men’s Shed Workshop – Saturday, 23 Nov., A.L. Thompsons, 9 am- 11 am.
● Men & Boys Basketball Tournament – Saturday, 30 Nov., John Gray High School Gymnasium, 11 am.


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