InsideMAN joins dozens of charities, campaigners and academics in signing a joint letter to cross-party equalities representatives calling on ministers to make a public statement in support of International Men's Day and to consider what action they can take to address issues that affect the well being of men and boys.
Addressed to: Government Ministers, Shadow Ministers and Equalities Spokespeople
- Caroline Dinenage MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Family Justice
- The Rt. Hon Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities
- Kate Green OBE MP, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities
- Angela Crawley MP, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Equalities, Women and Children)
- Baroness Hussein-Ece OBE, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson forWomen and Equalities
- Liz Saville Roberts MP , Spokesperson (Women and Equalities), Plaid Cymru
- Jim Shannon MP, Spokesperson (Equality), Democratic Unionist Party
- Mr Benali Hamdache, Equalities Spokesperson, The Green Party
- Louise Bours MEP, Health Spokesman, UKIP
Subject: Recognition of International Men’s Day (19 November 2015)
As supporters of International Men’s Day in the UK, we invite politicians of all parties to join us in celebrating men and boys in all their diversity each year on 19 November. Many organisations led by men and women across the country are already doing so.
International Men’s Day is a day for highlighting the positive contribution that men and boys make to their families, their communities and the world.
At a time when the role of men in our society is changing and evolving, it is also an opportunity to consider whether the way we talk about men and masculinity in politics, the media and elsewhere is helping or hindering boys to make a healthy transition into manhood.
International Men’s Day provides a platform for politicians to consider what action we can take to address the many social issues that impact men and boys in our country. These include:
- The high male suicide rate
- Men’s health and shorter life expectancy
- The challenges faced by men who are fathers
- The challenges faced by boys at all stages of education
- All forms of crime, violence and abuse involving men and boys
- The challenges faced by the most marginalised men and boys in society (for instance, those sleeping rough and boys in care)
- The issues of concern to all men and boys with a “protected characteristic” under the Equality Act 2010
We acknowledge that the majority of politicians in the UK are men, but there are very few politicians, male or female, who take time to discuss the men’s issues listed above and put forward political solutions to these problems.
We invite men and women of all political parties to join us in making a public statement of their support for International Men’s Day on 19th November in 2015 and each year thereafter.
Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to receiving a positive reply.
Glen Poole, UK Coordinator of International Men’s Day
Mark Brooks, Chair, The ManKind Initiative
Duncan Craig, CEO, Survivors Manchester
Martin Daubney, Journalist, broadcaster and committee member, Being A Man Festival
Ally Fogg, Writer and journalist
Martin Seager, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Jack Broadley, Founder/Chairman, Baggy Trousers charity
Nick Smithers, National Development Officer, Abused Men in Scotland
Bob Balfour, Founder, Survivors West Yorkshire
Duncan Fisher, former CEO of the Fatherhood Institute
John Adams, Author, Dadbloguk.com
Paul Apreda, National Manager, FNF Both Parents Matter Cymru
Duncan Alldridge, Founder, Deep Diving Men
Kenny D’Cruz, Personal Development Consultant, The Man Whisperer
Dan Bell, Features Editor, insideMan magazine
Dr Nicola Graham-Kevan, Reader in the Psychology of Aggression at UCLAN
Belinda Brown, Research Director at Men for Tomorrow
Gijsbert Stoet, Reader in Psychology, University of Glasgow
Dr Elizabeth A. Bates, Senior Lecturer in Applied Psychology, University of Cumbria
Dr Jessica McCarrick, Chartered Psychologist, Teesside University
Richard Duncker, Founder, Men Do Complain
Peter Morris, Chairman, Men's Aid (Northern Ireland)
John Barry, Chartered Psychologist and Research Associate at UCL Medical School
Sara Westle, Honorary Patron, The ManKind Initiative
Ian Young, domestic abuse survivor
Paul Chivers, domestic abuse survivor
Gerald Cash, Founder and Chairman, Men Have Rights Too
Kathy Jones joint CEO, The Fatherhood Institute
Adrienne Burgess, joint CEO, The Fatherhood Institute