CARIMAN calls on men to reflect

Dominica’s representative on the Caribbean Male Action Network, CARIMAN,  Thomas Holmes, is urging boys, men, women and children to begin respecting each other to help build  a positive and productive nation.

Speaking in observance of International Men’s Day today, Holmes said that health, education and violence among men, are the main areas of concern for CARIMAN. “We are calling on all men to reflect on the negative impact of violence on the community … we see rampant violence … all men need to learn to respect each other and themselves. Men need to look at their status in society and work together to build the nation,” he said.

International Men’s Day is an annual event celebrated on November 19, geared at focusing on health issues faced by boys and men, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models.

It is also an occasion to highlight discrimination against men and boys and to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular, their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care. The broader and ultimate aim of the event is to promote basic humanitarian values.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Helping Boys and Men to Live Healthier, Happier and Longer Lives.”

Holmes, in an interview with Dominica News Online, said CARIMAN is assisting men and boys on the island to better understand themselves on International Men’s Day. “CARIMAN is trying to help boys and men understand the importance of their health and how it affects their family life, work and society. We also want them to understand that education is important,” he said.

He added that CARIMAN will be working with the welfare division on Tuesday 20th November, 2012 to take a stance against child abuse.

“As part of the International Men’s day activities, we have organised a program at the Goodwill Parish Hall for boys of the secondary school where we will listen to the issues that affect them. They will also hear talks from various people including Tyhani Behanzin and Patrick Henderson and others. In addition, a talent show is slated for Thursday 22nd November,” he said.

Holmes added that men are being asked to get tested for HIV.

International Men’s Day is celebrated in over 60 countries, including, Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Australia, India, China, United States and Romania.

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3 Comments

  1. get the facts first
    November 20, 2012

    DA why are Men like to have sex with girls under the age of 15 years and when they get Pregnant. They are too umbaress too not only be the teen lover but father for the child. Listen to men in Da complain about teenage pregnancy and you have to wonder who cause that. Some say she wanted it so i give it to her. Ohers she give me a sex. Men & Boys Only Us can make the Future How we want it. We go to church but for who? what?. Are we lovers of your self or God.

  2. Reflection
    November 19, 2012

    Very good activity being planned at the Goodwill Parish Hall for boys of the secondary schools. We need to do a whole lot more to prepare little boys to become responsible men. We need regular programs for boys starting from the primary schools.

    It is quite possible that most men reach 30 and had no loving guidance to help them navigate life. They may find themselves without jobs or in dead end jobs that do not allow them to take care of themselves now or later in life. This group may be suffering in silence with no support or taking the rage out on their partners. Those who are willing to work may have tough jobs with poor working conditions. These same men must be eating poorly depeening an already vicious cycle of poverty.

    Where are the male role models who can help? what about designing useful and practical educational programs from primary schools to bring back the much needed system of values? Kudos to those who really care and are doing something to help.

  3. jojo
    November 19, 2012

    where are the comments from the people regarding Internatinal Men’s day today.Men are also being abused, so now it’s the time to speak out. People give your views. This is a very important day in the lives of our men,and boys- who will be men in the future

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