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Department for Education: International Men's Day

Question for Department for Education

UIN 7093, tabled on 29 October 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans his Department has to mark International Men's Day on 19 November 2019.

Answered on

4 November 2019

No one should suffer unfair treatment because of their gender. Every year International Men’s Day offers an opportunity to highlight how outcomes for men and boys can be improved and to talk about some of the important work going on every day across the government to do this.

The work ranges from the introduction of shared parental leave, which allows men to take time away from the workplace and bond with their new children, benefitting that crucial long-term relationship for both parent and child, to our programme tackling lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender bullying in schools which seeks to protect those who may be victimised.

As part of the Department’s Diversity and Inclusion calendar, one of our monthly awareness months focused on Men’s Health and Wellbeing. Colleagues were encouraged to talk about issues and to challenge some of the cultural norms around what it means to be vulnerable.

The government is also working with local authorities to ensure their suicide prevention plans support more men and in the Domestic Abuse Bill we propose to create a statutory definition of domestic abuse that makes clear men also can be victims of this abhorrent crime.