19 November at 10:00-21:00
London and California
LONDON and CALIFORNIA (BERKELEY)
UK: Trafalgar Square, marching peacefully to the Courts and on to Parliament
USA: Berkeley campus, California
International Men’s Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated on 19 November.
We need your help to march for strong families. 1 in 3 children live without a father (ONS, 2012). 1 in 4 children don’t consider their father to be part of their family (Childwise 2007).
We support fathers’ access to their kids. Family courts presume a mother to be the better parent, and disregard that kids need their fathers. We demand the courts maximise reasonable access in the interests of the children. The family unit is integral to a strong, stable society.
This causes incredible destress to men, who are cut off from their families. Dads are 3 times more likely to die after separation than mothers. (DWP 2015.) The biggest killer of men under 50 is suicide, and 75% of all suicides involve men (Calm 2013).
Little support is offered, because men are not deemed a minority group. Tens of thousands of lives, stolen from us – too many friends, fathers, sons, and brothers.
We want more research into prostate cancer, which many men die from each year.
We also believe false claims of a wage gap distracted people from the serious problems of workplace deaths, which proportionally more men are victims of.
84% of the hidden homeless are men (Crisis 2011).
40% of domestic violence victims are men (Parity 2010). However, women get lighter sentences than men.
Men are 35% more likely to die from cancer (except breast cancer. Cancer Research UK, 2013).
Disclaimer: The thoughts expressed in this article are those of the author, and not necessarily of MBGA News.