Why are International Men's Day and World Toilet Day celebrated on the same day?

Why are International Men's Day and World Toilet Day celebrated on the same day?

  • International Men's Day is an annual observation to celebrate men and their role in bringing joy and positive value to the world.
  • World Toilet Day is all about celebrating toilets for everything they do for us – from taking away our waste to protecting our health, safety and dignity.



It is that time of the year when the global male collective sigh comes up for air. Yes, it is the International Men's Day, a global holiday meant to celebrate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of men.

That is well and good but the one thing that overshadows this auspicious day is why, of all the days in the calendar, this celebration of the male species as well as raising awareness towards men's issues had to coincide with World Toilet Day.

Look, we have no issue with World Toilet Day, but why did it have to be celebrated on the same day as International Men's Day? They could have picked another day, like November 20 when there is nothing scheduled to be celebrated there.

Or if it must hijack another day, why could it not have picked August 10 when they celebrate International Biodiesel Day? I mean, the content found can be classified as biofuel.

This is the day to spend quality time with the men in your life, brother, father, boyfriend, husband, son and remind them just how much they mean to you and how your life is much better with them in it. But no, let us crack jokes instead, smh!

Enough with the ramblings, let us try and see why fate, nay, the United Nations, decided to pick this day.

So, apparently, it is just a coincidence and if you are a communicator, the World Toilet Day would go unnoticed if it had not squeezed itself next to the International Men's Day. We still feel men should have a whole day to themselves but that is a pipe dream that we need to clearly flush down the toilet!

International Men's Day

This propitious day is an annual observation to celebrate men and their role in bringing joy and positive value to the world.

It was founded in 1999 by Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh, a history lecturer at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad Tobago. Jerome Teelucksingh chose November 19 to honour his father's birthday.

There had been agitation to have an International Men's Day since the 60s with many proposing it to be on February 23 slightly over a month before the International Women's Day.

The objectives of celebrating the International Men's Day are set out in 'All The Six Pillars of International Men's Day' to celebrate their contributions to nation, union, society, community, family, marriage, and childcare.

World Toilet Day

This day is all about celebrating toilets for everything they do for us – from taking away our waste to protecting our health, safety and dignity.

Each year, World Toilet Day on 19th November highlights the importance of sanitation and hygiene in driving improvements in public health, gender equality, education, economic development and environmental protection.

The day is also to raise awareness that about 3.6 billion people do not have access to a toilet.

"We should all care more about toilets. If you have one, thank it. Life without a toilet is dirty, dangerous and undignified," reads a statement from the UN.

"Public health depends on toilets. Toilets also drive improvements in gender equality, education, economics and the environment. There will be no sustainable future without toilets. Governments must work four times faster and ensure toilets for all by 2030."

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