Men’s rights activists have come out in their droves to protest against International Women’s Day citing that it discriminates against the achievements of men. Local protestor, Sam, told us why he was against it.
“Why should only women be celebrated? It seems unfair that men don’t get any acknowledgement for their achievements at all. Sure, the history books say a lot about what men have done but there isn’t a specific day to celebrate us. I mean, women always get credit for giving birth. Big deal! They’ve been giving birth since the beginning of time. What about men’s contribution?”
Other men were nodding in solidarity with Sam. One man, Ahmed, agrees with Sam’s sentiments. When asked why he was protesting against IWD, he said “I want the best for my Muslim sisters. Everyday is International Women’s Day and our women do so much for their men, so they should let us do the celebrating for them. How can they have time to even acknowledge themselves when they are busy with our babies?”
“There has been so much hostility towards Muslim women, and I think they really need to stay at home today. They are our jewels and it is our duty to protect them from the dangers around them. After all, International Women’s Day is just a way to tell our delicate sisters that they need to be like men. It would be better to shield them from this dangerous idea, because they don’t always know what’s good for them.”
Some people have spoken out against this protest highlighting that men’s successes are rejoiced daily, while women are constantly undermined in the workplace. One protestor angrily said “they work with us, don’t they? Then they go off on holiday for a whole year when they have babies, while us men are toiling away at work. Who’s talking about our sacrifices?”
The protest carried on as normal, until activists realised that International Men’s Day already exists and is celebrated on 19th November.