Get the BBC to celebrate international men's day

Get the BBC to celebrate international men's day

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Dave Barlow started this petition to BBC

International men's day is held every year on the 19th of November and has never received any coverage.

It's time for this to change. It's time we take a day to celebrate what men have done: the achievements in science and technology, business, sport, charity work and entertainment.

In addition to this, it would be a great opportunity to highlight men's issues and as the public-funded television provider, you would be in the idea place to be seeking equality for your people by highlighting the significant men's issues, such as:

Around three quarters of homeless people are male

40% of domestic abuse cases are men, that's almost 1 million people. Despite that, there are only 24 beds available for men in refuges.  Additionally, even when a man calls to say they've been domestically abused, they are still more likely to be arrested than their partner is.

There is at least 100,000 cases of sexual assault and rape against men but again, there are few places to get support and are often dismissed by police. In some countries male rape isn't legally recognized.

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 and around 80% of suicide victims are male

Men are twice as likely to get to prison for the same crime as a woman and will receive 165% longer sentence.

Men lose custody in 84% of divorces yet they pay 97% of the child support. They can also be forced to pay child support after being raped by a woman and she gets pregnant.

Men are twice as likely to be a victim of assault or homicide than women yet this is swept under the rugb because only sttacks on women are talked about.

Men pay over 70% of income tax but the vast majority of public spending is on services for women.

97% of work fatalities are men and that number is higher in the military

There is more money spent on breast cancer than lung cancer and prostate cancer combined, despite the fact that lung cancer alone has 3-4 times more fatalities than breast cancer and prodtapr cancer has overtaken breast cancer in terms of fatalities. A man's chance of getting cancer is 44% and 23% of men will die from cancer, 38% of women get cancer and 19% die. Overall,women's funding for health issues is 4 times what it is for men.

Whilst any groping on TV against women is (rightly) seen as disgraceful, if it happens to men it's "funny' and it's ok because 'hes a man therefore he will like it'

Women also consume two third of public spending, there are 3 times the amount of gender specific health services for women than men despite the fact that for equal increases in health spending a man's life expectancy rate increases nearly twice as much as a woman's.

The UN promotes genital mutilation of male children but condems female genital mutilation.

Despite all the pressures and risks facing men today support services for men are almost non existent compared to services for women. There are departments for women's issues in parliament and the UN, but none for men. There isn't a single political party openly discussing men's issues in their manifestos.

These are just some of the battles that men face on a daily basis. If you want Equality than you must start highlighting these issues.


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