Category Archives: Sexual Health

The Gold Medal Award 2021

The Gold Medal is the most prestigious honour awarded by the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS). A maximum of five medals are awarded at the WAS Biennial Congress. Nominations may be submitted by anyone experienced in the field and should be supported by two other persons who are known to WAS. An individual cannot nominate themself. The system is confidential. The person who is being nominated should not be approached for information nor should be advised of their nomination at any stage. PREPARATION OF THE NOMINATION PROPOSAL The nominator should provide a nomination letter (in English) that includes the (more…)

Sexual and reproductive health services must be available for survivors of rape in conflicts

The World Association for Sexual Health stresses that sexual and reproductive health services are crucial for recovery of sexual violence survivors in conflict zones and other situations. The United Nations must aim for survivor-focused policies in the protection of women, girls and vulnerable people during conflicts. The Security Council of the United Nations has adopted a resolution (S/RES/2467-2019) under the title of Women and peace and security: Sexual violence in conflict, which omitted sexual and reproductive health entirely. The resolution significantly weakens the ongoing work to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of victims of sexual violence during (more…)

WAS Education Award: Excellence and Innovation in Sexuality Education 2019 – A first call for nominations

In recognition of the special contribution sexuality educators make to the overall fields of education, health and sexology, the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) presents this prestigious award at its next World Congress In Mexico City. WAS invites nominations from individuals and organizations to be considered for the award. These awards are to recognize the special contribution sexuality educators make to the overall fields of education, health and sexology. They are presented in three categories: A. Non-Government Organizations or Individuals B. Academic programmes C. Governmental and Government-sponsored programmes WAS Sexuality Education Committee (SEC) has responsibility of WAS Education Awards. (more…)

WAS statement about the WHO / ICD 11

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just announced the official publication of a new version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). This new version marks the culmination of a long process which lasted about ten years and which benefited from a large number of contributions by and comments from professional specialists and patient organization advocates. The new ICD includes for the first time a chapter on Conditions Related to Sexual Health which brings together conditions that were previously categorized in other ways and mostly under the category of mental disorders. The proposed changes in the ICD-11 embody a more (more…)