Apply for a membership
Who can be a member?
WAS has four categories of membership:
• Honorary (awarded by WAS).
All categories enjoy all the privileges of membership with the exception that individual members do not have the right to vote.
How to become an organizational member
Any national or international sexological society, association or institute may request admission to WAS. A sexological society, association or institute is a properly constituted organisation concerned with sexuality, whether it is research, education, diagnosis and/or therapy, sexual health or sexual rights promotion.
International Organisations, National Organisations and Professional Institutes may apply for membership to WAS.
Application process for organizational member
• The name of the Society, Association, or Institute.
• The date of its formation.
• Its purpose and objectives.
• Its statutes and bylaws/memorandum of incorporation or other regulatory documents.
• The names of its members and officers, including email addresses.
• A one-page report of the activities since its inception, especially referring to the last year as well as a plan for the next year.
• Links to social media accounts.
• A written statement to confirm that the organisation or institution operates within all legal and ethical frameworks within their country of registration.
• Two letters of recommendation from colleagues respected in the field of sexual health, sexology, sexual rights or sex education, referring specifically to the organisation’s area of work.
• The proper dues.
Organizational member benefits
• The right to present candidates for the WAS Advisory Board.
• The opportunity to participate in WAS committees and projects.
• The opportunity for networking with other members and recognized experts in sexuality-related fields.
• Promote your organisation’s meetings through the WAS database.
• Get endorsement of Statements through the WAS Statements Committee.
• Host official WAS World Sexual Health Day Events.
• Publicly note your association’s membership to WAS.
• Discount rates to ALL your members for WAS congresses.
• Discounted access for ALL your members to the International Journal of Sexual Health (only 50USD!).
• FREE Access to WAS Members-only Webinars.
• Opportunity for ALL your members to be on the WAS Broadcast group to receive instant information from WAS.
• The right to bid for organising a WAS world congress.
How to become an individual member?
Application process for individual members
• Proof of qualifications and registration with a professional body in country of origin (as a medical doctor, nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, psychologist, social worker, educator or proof of employment as a researcher or in another academic capacity, related to sexual health, sexology, sexual rights or sex education, at a nationally recognised, legal, institution).
• Signed statement that the individual will comply with the ethical principles of WAS and not use WAS membership as a false representation of skills or qualifications.
• Payment of fees.
• In cases where there is no qualification and/or professional registration as stated above, WAS will require: a CV, 2 letters of recommendation from colleagues respected in the field of sexual health, sexology, sexual rights or sex education, referring specifically to the individual’s scope of practice or area of work, a personal letter stating why WAS membership is desired and will be beneficial for the individual.
• The application will be reviewed by the WAS administrator and all applicants who meet all the requirements, including a professional qualification and/or registration, will be granted provisional membership.
• All other applications will be forwarded to the Membership Committee which will review the application and grant provisional membership if all requirements have been met. All provisional members and rejected members will be brought before the Advisory Committee and reviewed.
• All provisional members will also be made known to the other members of WAS. Provisional Membership might be withdrawn in cases where the Advisory Committee or other members object.
• Rejected members will have the right to appeal to the General Assembly.
• Final acceptance or rejection of membership is made by the next General Assembly.
• Individual supporting members do not have a vote in the General Assembly
Individual member benefits
• Access to the WAS Membership Platform with educational resources.
• FREE Access to the International Journal of Sexual Health.
• Discounted Rates to attended WAS congresses.
• 10% Discount on WPATH Membership.
• 20% Discount on a WAS Accredited SAR.
• FREE Access to WAS Members-only Webinars.
• Opportunity to join the WAS Broadcast •
• Group for instant information from WAS.