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IMD – 2003:

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Australia: Phil Gouldson of Australia’s Mens Health and Wellbeing Ass. took up the above invitation by Harrack Balramsingh (above) and inaugurated a November IMD. Gouldson marked the day with a gathering and delivered a special talk to the Australian Federal Police. Here is Gouldson’s press release of that year:

2003 Australia
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2003 Australia IMD

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IMD – 2004:

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Group of men at IMD gathering, Trinidad and Tobago
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Phil Gouldson’s IMD press release, 2004:
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In 2004 Australian pro-feminist activist Michael Flood wrote a public letter strongly suggesting that IMD was offensive and potentially hostile to women and that Gouldson’s objectives (see above) amounted to a desire by men to mimic or imitate International Women’s Day which Flood disparaged as a self-centered “Me-Too-ism”. Flood also claimed that International Men’s Day would alienate women, and appealed to all people and organizations to boycott the IMD and refuse to lend thier support. Flood’s letter was based on several uninformed inferences about the event which were not based in facts but rather on stereotypes. In response to Floods public appeal Phil Gouldson wrote the following personal letter to Flood:
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