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International Men's Day: Better learn and live manhood rather than fighting for superiority
Today, the International Men's Day (IMD, November 19) is being observed with the theme "Stop Male Suicides" this year. However, it lacks the fervour and enthusiasm as the International Women's Day (IWD), which was celebrated a few months ago.

The observance, initiated in 1999, slowly picked up the tempo and now has a support for a worldwide celebration to bring about gender equity and gender sensitivity; promote manhood; and advocate basic humanitarian values.

There is a need to understand the concept of manhood rather than stereotyping manliness or masculinity leading to a battle of sex for exerting superiority. However, learning manhood or qualities of a good person who is ready for equitable social and gender relations is worthwhile

Since human beings have to learn everything and men have to learn and internalize the concept of manhood and live it through the qualities of resolve, bravery, courage, determination, vigour, striving, hard work, accountability, chivalry, and respect for all as equitable members of humanity. These qualities are often thought to be appropriate to a man are needed to be learned and acquired.

"Human beings have to learn everything and acquire qualities with constructed experiences in the families and through institutionalized education. The modern management science is of the view, if you can define a thing; you can always action-plan it to be achieved. On learning manhood, men see women as their equals; not inferior or superior," I wrote a few years ago in my blog.

However, commenting on destruction of manhood due to stereotyping, Lucy Larcom says, "The curse of covetousness is that it destroys manhood by substituting money for character."

According to Jeb, manhood is not determined by a man's physical attributes but his qualities and character. He urges men not to lead boys to a path of violence rather help redefine manhood for them.

It needs to be understood that one achieves true manhood or ascribing qualities through striving and hard work. Stressing the need of value education, Clarke says that education must ennoble human nature which is true manhood. I feel that it is through the presence of role models in the families, schools and neighbourhood along the value-based constructed experiences manhood can be learned and lived consciously and equitably.

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