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International Day of the Girl Child

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,Gender Politics,General — Ministry of Men's Affairs @ 10:08 am Fri 26th October 2012

Last Thursday was the first International Day of the Girl Child, started by the UN to “recognise girls’ rights and the unique challenges that girls face around the world”. (From this Herald article)

The UN also strongly promotes International Women’s Day. But the UN runs no International Day of the Boy Child or International Men’s Day. A search of its web site shows that its attention to men consists mostly of criticizing them and seeking to repress and change them.

This is the same UN which is currently supporting widespread male genital mutilation in Africa (Helen Clark being complicit in this) on the pretext of health advantages as claimed by one piece of poor, unclear research contradicting a large body of existing research showing no health benefits from this abusive practice. See my previous analysis of this research in Comment #18 here.

The UN’s International Day of the Girl Child in the absence of any similar initiative for boys, and International Women’s Day in the absence of any similar initiative for men, highlights the huge magnitude of institutionalized sexism against the male gender that we face.


  1. Hans,
    Thank you for this news and the links.
    You are correct and it’s good that you are educating folks about this misandry and former NZ Prime Minister Helen Clarke’s involvement.

    Comment by Skeptic — Fri 26th October 2012 @ 10:54 am

  2. BTW there is an International Men’s Day. Not supported by the United Nations who couldn’t give a toss about men getting a day of recognition of course. For those prepared to do 10 minutes reading her is an article about International Men’s Day – an initiative started by men themselves.

    Comment by Skeptic — Fri 26th October 2012 @ 11:56 am

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