Difference between International Men’s Day and International Women’s Day

Key Difference: International Men’s Day is a day to honor and commemorate the men in the society that have worked to make a difference. International Women’s Day is a day to commemorate women for their success and praising them for suffering years of hardships and gender inequality.

International Women’s Day is a very popular and known day, where women are honored for their suffering and successful women are apprised for making a difference in the world. International Men’s Day is a similar day but just for men. That’s the broad difference between the two, gender. However, the meaning behind the two days is much more elaborate.

International’s Men Day is more recent annual international event that started in the last twenty years. Although, not yet celebrated worldwide, it is on its way to become an international holiday similar to International Women’s Day. Although, many people make fun of this suggesting that the day exists simply because women have an international day, hence so should men, the meaning behind this day goes deeper. The day is a way to create more equality between the two genders. Additionally, it is also a day to honor and commemorate the men in the society that have worked to make a difference. These men are father figures or role models of the community and this day allows people to respect and admire them as such. The day is also used as a platform to focus on issues such as health issues, gender relations, promoting gender equality, highlighting discrimination against men, etc.

International Women’s Day is a day (in addition to giving women free things) to commemorate women for their success and praising them for suffering years of hardships and gender inequality. Celebration of this day can be dated back to 1909 in the United States, when women (mostly immigrant ones) would work for 8 long hours in horrible conditions in sweatshops for low pay. Many of these women started holding non-violent protests in order to fight for better hours and wages. The day gained more importance following the 1911 fire at a Triangle Factory, which resulted in the death of 123 women and 23 men. In the following years, many other countries also started celebrating this day in honor of women. The day is supposed to acknowledge and celebrate the women who have made a difference in the world and have fought to make the world a better place for everyone, including women. It also aims to uncover and discuss multiple issues that women around the world still face, such as education barriers, work barriers, inequality, fair treatment of women, etc.

Although, commercialization has reduced the significance of these two days, these days are considered important among many communities. Both the days aim to bridge the gap in genders and make the world a less gender bias place. The days tell people that stereotyping, violence, inequality and many such issues are also faced by men and not only women.

Comparison between International Men’s Day and International Women’s Day:

 

International Men’s Day

International Women’s Day

Date

19 November

8 March

Inaugurated

1992

1909

Type

Civil awareness day, Men and boys day, Anti-sexism day

International

Frequency

Annual

Annual

Observed by

Certain countries

Worldwide

Original objective

Provide a day honoring the success of men, similar to International Women’s Day

To fight for women’s rights to vote, of lower work hours, higher pay, higher education, training, etc.

Current objective

Focusing on men and boys' health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models. Including, highlighting discrimination against men and boys and to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care

It now focuses on inspiring and successful women of the past and the present. It also focuses on continuing the fight against women’s rights in many developing countries.

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