Officials to celebrate first international men’s day

| 08/11/2011

(CNS): For the first time the Department of Counselling Services’ Family Resource Centre (FRC) will be joining countries around the world in celebrating the first official International Men’s Day (IMD) in the Cayman Islands on 19 November. The objectives of the day include highlight health issues for men's and boys’ health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and positive male role models, while creating a safer less-violent world. It is an occasion to highlight discrimination against men and boys and to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular for their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care, officials said.

According to a release from GIS the FRC will partner with Department of Sports to host the 1St International Men’s Day Football Tournament and Expo at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Saturday, 19 November from 9am-3pm. The football tournament will offer an opportunity for men and boys to interact because each team will consist of 5 men and 5 youth. The registration to compete is open now and is $15 and $5 for men and boys respectively. 

The teams’ shirts have been sponsored by Davenport Development, Hydes & Sons, Island Taste, Brooks & Brooks and the Estella Scott Roberts Foundation.  Mike Adam, the minister with responsibility for gender issues will deliver the International Men’s Day address and the health minister will open the games. The Grand Prize of a medal and cash voucher has been sponsored by his ministry.

The expo portion has been sponsored by Ogier & Saxon MG and will consist of interactive booths from various companies and organizations that provide services for boys and an opportunity to get involved, GIS stated.

Charities also have an option to raise funds. The Department of Sports will also have 3 on 3 basketball games and races for all ages.

For more information on this event please contact Miriam Foster at 949-0006 or email

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