Twitter backlash over University statement about International Men’s Day

The University had been set to celebrate the day on Thursday but have since withdrawn the idea.

The institution say that they don’t want to mark the day formally anymore as their main focus is inequalities faced by women.

However that has angered Matthew Edwards, a Third year politics student who is on twitter as @LordEdwards95


He says the university has in effect, declared male rights not as important as women’s rights. He He says this is not the opinion of the majority of students and staff at the university and we are calling for this decision to be changed.

York University statement:

Earlier today the University issued this statement.

“We have withdrawn the original statement about International Men’s Day, and do not propose to mark this event formally. In gender equality, our main focus has been, and will continue to be, on the inequalities faced by women, such as under-representation in the professoriate. At the same time, we will not neglect other aspects of equality, and will take a balanced approach to all nine protected characteristics as defined in the 2010 Equality Act. Our overriding goal is to strive to treat every member of the University community with dignity and respect.”

New Fathers 4 Justice have reacted with a statement:

Splinter group New Fathers 4 Justice are appalled that York University will no longer be marking International Men’s Day 2015 after pressure from the University community.”

“We could target the university and have been contacted by some students intend to stage a walk out at Midday on the 19th in protest. The have requested not to be named in case they become targets prior to the walk out.”

“We also call on the University to promote equality within its campus and now also cancel any events planned for International Women’s Day 2016 next March.”

“Institutional discrimination against fathers and men must end the anti-male attitudes and bias that feminism has promoted and popularized must be treated with absolute disgust.”

“Those that oppose this York University IMD event should be condemned as hypocrites and are no better than those who promote inequality.”

“Imagine how much of an uproar there would be from the feminist community if International Women’s day events were cancelled.”

“Male suicide rates increased to over three times higher than the female suicide rate. Men aged over 40 are the segment of population that has been the most affected by job loss, the modification of family structure, and the disappearance of traditionally male-dominated industries.”

“Homelessness is a gendered issue, and it mostly impacts men. Recently the charity Homeless Link published the results of a detailed audit on the health and wellbeing of homeless men and women in the UK. In total, 27 different local authorities carried out surveys involving 3,355 homeless people, 71 per cent were men.”

“Men assaulted by their partners are often ignored by police and two in five of all victims of domestic violence are men, contradicting the widespread impression that it is almost always women.”

“Fathers are six times as likely to play an active role in bringing up their kids as fathers a generation or two ago. Nowadays, we don’t just attend the birth of our children – unheard of only 50 years ago – but we are also more likely to play with, bath their children and take them to school.”

“Yet when it comes to contact with their children after a relationship breaks down fathers still have no rights to see their children.”

“It is important that these issues and their causes and effects are openly discuss.”