The Romanian Parliament adopted November 19 as the International Men’s Day, announces AVFM Romania.
The Deputies’ Chamber (which is the decisive chamber in this debate) adopted a bill that makes November 19 the country’s Men’s Day in which local authorities are encouraged to organize public actions regarding the issues faced by men and boys in their communities.
Also, taxpayer-funded TV stations and radio stations are to also be encouraged to broadcast programs pertaining to men’s rights in the same period of the year.
The bill was adopted with 204 votes “yay” and 16 “nay”. 63 deputies abstained from this vote.
In support of the bill, the deputy Molnar Zolt, reprezenting the Democratic Union of Hungarians of Romania said that:
In modern culture, some male-specific problems are often referred to or attention is being drawn towards – such as male-specific diseases or issues regarding workplace, such as some professions becoming feminized. I consider that this day, November 19, would be a great opportunity to address such issues.
Speaking against the bill, the social-democrat Petre Daea argued that March 8 is a saint day and that November 19 is irrelevant.
“As far as I’m concerned, I need no reward for November 19, nor a law to recognize such a day” – added the social democrat according to the local media.
Other members of the parliament emphasized that discrimination against men in social services is still a huge issue and that the welfare of men and boys should be of a bigger societal concern than it currently is.
In order for the bill to become the law, president Klaus Iohannis has to sign it into law. Local sources claim that there is little to no opposition from the president on this topic and it is thus very likely that he will sign it into law.