Foreign and Commonwealth Office: International Men's Day:Written question - 6314

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Asked by Philip Davies
(Shipley)
Asked on: 28 October 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Foreign and Commonwealth Office: International Men's Day
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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to mark International Men's Day on 19 November 2019.
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Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 04 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 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and child, to our programme tackling LGBT bullying in schools which seeks to protect those who may be victimised by outdated and stereotypical ideas of what it means to be a 'real man'.

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.

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