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International "When's International Men's Day?" Day

I am spending March 8th on Twitter for Refuge because people don't seem to know when Int Men's Day is.

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This International Women’s Day, take action to end violence against women and girls.

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Every International Women's Day, (March 8th) for a few years now I have gone on Twitter to search for people asking, "When's International Men's Day?" to let them know that that is on November 19th. Weirdly most of them only seem to care about this on International Women's Day and when November 19th comes along they do nothing. I think some of them think that there wouldn't be an International Men's Day. But there is one. It's on November 19th.

I do this so that everyone else can get on with celebrating International Women's Day and using it to raise awareness of the issues that affect women. And trying to achieve equality.

Just like the men who ask when International Men's Day is could do on International Men's Day for men, but generally don't.

I am not denigrating the people who use IMD to raise awareness. I can't think of anyone who does more to inform people that this day exists. On November 19th.

But if you think about it equality works both ways. So if you think men don't  get equality in some areas, then striving for equality will help
them too.

It's really just a bit of fun to point out how unoriginal people are being and also answer the question that they don't expect has an answer. The answer is November 19th. But as the number of people asking never seems to decrease it's a busy day for me. I thought this year it would be nice if we raised some money along the way, to turn stupid or negative comments by people who don't understand how to google into something that will be positive and helpful.

So I'd be delighted if you donated a little money (or a lot) to Refuge if you enjoy my pedantic, frustrating and ultimately self-defeating day. Because in the end it's me who is the main target of this joke, trying to turn back a tide like some King Cnut.

One woman in four will experience domestic violence at some point in her lifetime and two women are killed each week in England and Wales by a current or former partner. Refuge supports over 4,500 women & children on any given day, experiencing domestic and sexual violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, stalking, trafficking, prostitution & so-called ‘honour’ based violence.By kindly sponsoring me today you are helping to save and change the lives of thousands of women and children escaping domestic violence.Thank you.

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