Education Committee

The Sexuality Education Committee (SEC) is a statutory committee of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS). The purpose of this committee is to provide advice and support in the area of sexuality education and health promotion and to oversee the quality of educational activities undertaken on behalf of WAS. This committee is also responsible for the Excellence in Education Awards.

In addition to sexuality education, SEC supports training in sexology and collects information of the training worldwide. SEC provides advice and assistance to educators, health promoters and trainers in sexology. SEC disseminates, monitors and maintain the currency of the International Standards of Practice in Sexuality Education, Health Promotion and Training in Sexology. SEC members participate in international meetings where these issues are discussed and new educational standards developed.

Members 2017-2021

Chair: Osmo Kontula (Finland)
Vice-Chair: Cristina Tania Fridman (Argentina)

Christine Winkelmann (Germany)
Doortje Braeken (United Kingdom)
Ekua Yankah (Germany)
Esther Corona Vargas (Mexico)
Patti Britton (United States)

Professional education in sexology

The “Professional Education in Sexology” Sub-Committee focuses on issues related to professional education in sexology. It was established in September 2018 by the WAS Advisory Council with the support of the Sexuality Education Committee.

The Professional Education in Sexology Sub-Committee is tasked with providing advice and support of educators in professional sexology education in the following areas:

  • Basic sexology;
  • Sexological counselling/sex therapy/clinical psycho-sexology; and
  • Medical sexology/sexual medicine.

The Professional Education in Sexology Sub-Committee will be responsible for:

  • Monitoring of WAS educational activities;
  • Provision of technical advice and assistance to educators of professional sexology; and
  • Develop and monitor International Standards of Practice in Professional Education of Sexology.

Members 2017-2021

Co-Chairs: Elsa Almås (Norway) and Christopher Fox (Australia)

Osmo Kontula (Finland)
Cristina Tania Fridman (Argentina)
Alain Giami (France)
Patricia Pascoal (Portugal)
Patti Britton (United States)

Excellence in Sexuality Education awards

The Chairs are responsible for the initiation and conduct of the Excellence in Sexuality Education awards. They promote the call for nominations through the WAS web site and other means. After evaluations of the applicants, they make a recommendation to the Advisory Committee (AC) regarding the awardees, one in each for each of the three categories. These categories are Governmental Programmes, Academic Programmes, and Non-Governmental Organizations.

WAS Awards

Excellence in Sexuality Education Awardees

Members Bio

Osmo Kontula

Osmo Kontula, Ph.D., is a Research Professor at the Population Research Institute of the Family Federation of Finland. He has authored more than 350 publications, of which more than 50 are books. Osmo Kontula is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Sex Research (JSR), President of the Finnish Association for Sexology (FIAS), Past President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), and a Member of Advisory Committee and a Chair of Sexuality Education Committee in the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS). He has conducted national surveys of sexuality education in schools and adolescents’ sexual knowledge in Finland.




Cristina Tania Fridman

Cristina Tania Fridman is Sociologist Diploma Medical Education, Specialist in Sexual Education FLASSES-SASH, Vice President of the Argentine Society of Human Sexuality (SASH-Argentina) and Member of the World Sexual Health Day Committee (WSHD). She is Co-Director Specialist Training in Clinical Sexology Update; Specialization in Sex Education, CETIS distance programs and University Professor in Sexuality and Health. She was awarded the WAS Global Award for Educational Excellence and Innovation (2009), Latin American Federation of Sexology and Sex Education Societies (FLASSES) Award (2014) “Medal of distinction in life” – XVII Latin American Congress of Sexology and Sexual Education (CLASSES -Dominican Republic) and FLASSES (2016) R Cavalcanti Award “for the most outstanding career in the field of sexology as a member of the Federation”.




Doortje Braeken

Doortje Braeken van Schaik, has more than 35-year experience in adolescent sexual reproductive health and rights, including 25 years at the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). In her career she ensured that IPPF and its partner organizations upheld a sex positive, gender transformative and rights based approach in all their programmes and activities with a focus on the most under-served and vulnerable young people. After her retirement in 2016, Doortje has continued to work as a consultant for UN and international NGOs. She is Honorary Fellow University of Brighton, Department of Education, board member of the Global Advisory Board on Sexual Health and Wellbeing and received the WAS Gold Medal in 2014.




Ekua Yankah

Ekua Yankah, PhD MPH, is an Afro-German social scientist and activist who has been working as an independent consultant for various United Nations agencies since 2010. She was a keynote speaker at the 2017 WAS conference and is a member of the International Editorial board of Sex Education (Taylor & Francis). From 2007-2010 she was a Program Specialist with UNESCO headquarters in Paris where she initiated and led UNESCO’s Global Program on Sexuality Education. She holds an adjunct lecturer position at University of New South Wales and in September 2018, she returned to her alma mater, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, to join the DREAMS impact evaluation team.




Esther Corona Vargas

Esther Corona Vargas is a clinical psychologist. Has worked in sexuality education, sexual and reproductive health and gender for over 50 years. Founder (1972) and President of the Mexican Association for Sexuality Education (AMES), first NGO in Mexico and pioneer in Latin America. Ex-President of the Latin American and Caribbean Committee for Sexuality Education. First Vice President of FEMESS. President of FLASESS during 1998–2002. Has been associated with WAS since its founding and has been a member of its Executive and Advisory Committees in several administrations. She is currently Co-Chair of the International Liaison Committee. International Consultant for United Nations Agencies as well as international and national NGOs.




Patti Britton

Patti Britton, PhD, MPH, ACSE/S, ABS, ACSI, FAACS, is a Clinical Sexologist, AASECT-Certified Sexuality Educator/Supervisor & Past President (2006-2008), and the pioneer of Sex Coaching. As a well-respected sexologist, she is an academic, author (5 books), popular speaker, trainer and workshop leader, and hosts DVDs for couples’ sexual enhancement. She frequently appears on summits, in documentaries, and on media. With a private practice in Los Angeles and via Skype globally, Dr. Patti is the Co-Founder of Sex Coach University – the world’s premier credentialing and training organization for sex coaching. She has served on 30+ sexology doctoral committees in and is an elected WAS Advisory Committee member.

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