Movember Mustaches Raise Awareness for Men’s Health

Mustache on a coffee cup

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes that including the issue of equity and men’s health on the international agenda is of global importance.

The International Day of Man is commemorated every 19 November. It was established in 1992 in the United States by Tomas Oaster, director of the Center for Men’s Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas and popularized since 1999, when it began to be commemorated internationally with the aim of addressing men’s health issues and highlighting the positive role and contributions men make in their community and society, promoting gender equality, peace, non-violence, equity, tolerance and understanding.

Similarly, Movember (No Shave November) is a movement started by a group of guys in Australia in the early 2000s who were obsessed with the ability to grow a mustache.  From this playful origin, the movement became a major fundraiser for male health issues like testicular and prostate cancer and the rise in suicide rates.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes that including the issue of equity and men’s health on the international agenda is of global importance. Movember is a fun way to raise awareness for serious issues.

Some ways to carry on the spirit of Movember year-round:

  1. Celebrate men’s contributions to society, the family, the care of children and the environment.
  2. Emphasize the health and well-being of men, both physically and spiritually and emotionally.
  3. Educate yourself about discrimination against men in social attitudes and expectations.

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