International Men’s Day was celebrated in Mfuleni on Monday. The day is celebrated worldwide annually on November 19 to acknowledge positive value men add to the world, their families and society. It also celebrates male role models in society.The event was organised by an organisation called Philisuluntu Skills Development Project (PSDP), under the theme: “Strive to be a better man”. Reverend Thembekile Gqwaka, a PSDP director, said the reason for the celebration was to try and change the mindset of the community of Mfuleni against men. He said they wanted to bring back the dignity of men by changing their behaviour.Gqwaka said they also want to show that men have emotions too and go through abuse in their homes. “We want to also show that men are also human and have emotions because in most cases they are laughed at when they report cases of abuse,” he said.He said after the event, there was a call for more such events because what they want to achieve won’t happen overnight.“We are also hoping to get more young men to come to these events so we can try and make them better men for the future,” he said. Simphiwe Ulana, one of the men, said he left the event having gained something.“It was an empowering exercise for men because we seldom have such events,” he said.Ulana hoped that the men that were present will change for the better and whatever they learnt they will not only share with their families but with their communities as well.One of the women who were at the celebration Nolubabalo Memani said it was a good thing for men to meet up and talk and that it should happen more often.She said she is hopeful that men will change for the better if such events happen.“I also think that young men should also be part of such events,” added Memani.