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The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) was founded in 1978 by a multidisciplinary, worldwide group of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with the aim of promoting sexual health and sexual rights throughout the world. The association was formerly named the World Association for Sexology.

Since founding, WAS has accomplished its aims through the advancement and exchange of scientifically-based multidisciplinary sexuality research, sexuality education, health promotion, and behavioral and clinical sexology. One important milestone has been the creation of the Declaration of Sexual Rights in Hong Kong 1999.

More recently, the WAS constituency has become involved in advocating for changes in public policy to recognize sexual health and rights as key ingredients in overall health and social justice. Financial support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments has sustained this work in projects around the world.

Congress of the World Association for Sexual Health

Date City Country Attendance
2021 Cape Town South Africa 1 500*
2019 Mexico City Mexico 1 460
2017 Prague Czech Republic 650
2015 Singapore Singapore 380
2013 Singapore Brazil 1 100
2011 Porto Alegre United Kingdom 1 250
2009 Glasgow Sweden 1 000
2007 Sydney Australia 800
2005 Montreal Canada 1 200
2003 Havana Cuba 2 500
2001 Paris France 3 000
1999 Hong Kong China , Hong Kong, SAR 1 000
1997 Valencia Spain 2 000
1995 Yokohama Japan 730
1993 Rio de Janeiro Brazil 1 500
1991 Amsterdam Netherlands 1 200
1989 Caracas Venezuela 1 800
1987 Heidelberg Germany 1 200
1985 New Delhi India 1 000
1983 Washington United States 1 600
1981 Jerusalem Israel 1 000
1979 Mexico City Mexico 1 600
1978 Rome Italy 3 000
1976 Montreal Canada
1974 Paris France

*  estimate

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