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JM | Nov 17, 2020

International Men’s Day forum to focus on health, wellness

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Denzil Thorpe, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport (Photo: JIS)

Several activities are being organised in observance of International Men’s Day (IMD) which is to be recognised this Thursday (November 19) under the theme ‘A Man’s Health is a Man’s Wealth’.

Denzil Thorpe, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, said a forum and presentation of the Outstanding Father Award has been scheduled to be held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on International Men’s Day, starting at 10 a.m. and running until 3 p.m.

Thorpe was making an address during the IMD Church Service on Sunday at the Constant Spring Road Church of God in St. Andrew.

The event, organised by the Bureau of Gender Affairs (BGA), will include presentations on prostate cancer awareness, mental health and wellness, healthy sexual lifestyle practices, and updates on the Young Fathers Jamaica Initiative and the #mentorme2020 Male Mentorship Programme.

The Outstanding Father Award will honour men who are exemplary in their roles as fathers, mentors and role models.

Taken from Twitter @menrights8

The IMD event will also include the soft launch of the Exemplary Male Role Models 2021 Calendar, which is an initiative from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) in collaboration with the BGA.

At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Alando Terrelonge, state minister in the ministry, will host a rap session via social media platforms Instagram and Facebook where he will speak on a range of topics including men’s health and other psychosocial issues.

Thorpe said the objective of the activities is to raise awareness about men’s health and physical well-being and to recognise their contribution as positive role models to the social, cultural and economic development of the Jamaican society.

“Through the special service desk for men, the BGA has hosted workshops, seminars and counselling sessions to promote positive images of men and boys, while addressing different aspects of manhood and fatherhood.”

Denzil Thorpe, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport

The IMD celebration will be preceded by the reading of an IMD statement in Parliament today (November 17) and the pinning of the symbolic white ribbons on members of parliament and senators.

Thorpe said the BGA is committed to “supporting our men and boys here in Jamaica as well as those in the diaspora”.

“Through the special service desk for men, the BGA has hosted workshops, seminars and counselling sessions to promote positive images of men and boys, while addressing different aspects of manhood and fatherhood,” he added.

He said the sessions have helped to foster greater parenting skills and provided men with skills to play a more active role in the lives of their children and families.

JIS

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