Greetings from WAS Media Committee

Dear Luis,

We are so thrilled to welcome you back to what’s new and newsworthy at WAS.

This newsletter is dedicated to an update on what is happening with WAS. Be sure to read about the remarkable interview of a world luminary in sexology.
Our highlight is the upcoming WAS Congress, to be held September 9-12th. Here we are in 2021, preparing for one of the best WAS World Congresses to date. WAS is proud to collaborate with SASHA and host the world congress of sexology in South Africa! Thanks to the aftermath of the pandemic, for safety reasons, we have decided to offer an ALL VIRTUAL Congress this year. We expect many hundreds to attend from global sexology communities.

Keep your inbox open for bi-weekly updates and exciting webinars to stimulate your thinking each month. We are happy to be able to include you in our mission to promote sexual health and sexual rights around the world. This Congress will be one that will be memorable, uplifting, and at which we can all share in the depth of knowledge and expertise. Mark your calendars for September 9-12 and sign up soon. 

Finally, don’t forget to celebrate International Women’s Day 2021 on March 8th! 

Dr. Patti Britton
WAS Media Committee Chair


Dear colleagues,

I hope you’ll enjoy this message as we look forward to our African congress in September.

Warm regards,
Pedro Nobre
President of the World Association for Sexual Health

Spotlight on WAS Leadership

An Interview of Mehmet Sungur, MD, by Alain Giami


Professor Mehmet Sungur, president of the European Federation of Sexology (EFS) accorded Alain Giami an interview in which he discusses his professional career in medicine and psychiatry, his interest in cognitive-behavioral approaches and their application to the field of sexuality and couples relationships. Finally, he explains his project for the EFS of which he has been elected president.

Between Couple Therapy and Sex Therapy: A Cognitive Behavioural Approach. A conversation with Dr Mehmet Sungur.

Published in: Sexologies: European Journal of Sexology and Sexual Health (2021-1)

For all WAS members: the paper is accessible as a free open access paper until March 12.

Free access until March 12:
and also in French:

Best regards,
Alain Giami
Directeur de recherche eìmeìrite aÌ l’INSERM / Emeritus Research Professor at INSERM
Chair : World Association of Sexual Health / Scientific Committee
Associate editor : “Sexologies : European Journal of Sexology and Sexual Health

WAS Conversations Webinars

In anticipation of the 25th World Congress in South Africa, WAS has been hosting a Series of Conversations. These free, online sessions have been attended by hundreds of colleagues from all over the world and have been very well received.

Session 6: Sexual Politics in the Global South

Session 6 was dedicated to Sexual Politics in the Global South, including sexual health and sexual rights in different countries. We invited 3 experts from South America, Western Africa and Asia to discuss sexuality and gender politics. Positive realizations as well as limitations and threats opposed to sexual rights are presented based on specific local situations.

Session 7: The struggle for CSE around the world: Obstacles and successes

Session 7 is devoted to comprehensive sexuality education at both international and national level. National experts from three continents reported on the obstacles and successes of implementing sexuality education programmes in their countries. UNESCO shared strategies for building support and addressing resistance from an international perspective and UNFPA presented the newly launched International Technical and Programmatic Guidance on Out-of-School Comprehensive Sexuality Education.

Session 8: Research on sexuality and sexual health during the COVID 19 pandemic

Session 8 is devoted to research on sexuality and sexual health during the COVID-19 pandemic. The speakers present a selection of findings from qualitative and quantitative research projects that, together, involve several continents and well over 35 countries.

Session 9: Perspectives in Sexual Justice – Through a Local and Global Lens

An ethical dive into Sexual Justice Perspectives with Local and International Experts in the field.

Click the image below to go to the video recording on Facebook:


Upcoming Webinars & Events

World Sexual Health Day

For more than 10 years, WAS has celebrated World Sexual Health Day on the 4th of September.

In 2021, our motto is, “Sexual Health in a Digital World.”

Please share your ideas, comments, and suggestions with us at


WAS Gold Medal Award Update

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 the World Association for Sexual Health (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. A past recipient of the Gold Medal may not nominate any of their sponsors for the award for at least a period of three award cycles.

The deadline for the WAS Gold Medal Award nominations has been extended, tentatively, to April 30, 2021. Please check here for details and updates.

Award for Excellence & Innovation in Sexuality Education

THE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE & INNOVATION IN SEXUALITY EDUCATION 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: Non-Government Organizations or Individuals Academic programmes Governmental and Government-sponsored programmes.

Alert: The deadline has been extended to March 31, 2021. Please check here for details and updates.

Federations Updates

FLASSES invites all WAS members to the virtual Congress from 20 to 22 May, completely online. The central theme is “For a sexology without borders.” Theme more than current with the ubiquity of the internet.

Many well-known names from International Sexology will be present, in addition to Symposia of affiliated Societies and two FLASSES Courses. World Association for Sexual Health was invited to have a Symposium, in addition to the International Academy of Medical Sexology and the Latin arm of ISSM, all partner entities of FLASSES.


Congratulations to the Asia-Oceania Federation for Sexology for hosting a successful and impactful webinar on sexual health.

The webinar was a joint effort between World Association for Sexual Health & FOGSI Sexual Medicine Committee in Association with Tamilnadu OBGYN Societies.

“Demystifying Sexuality – A Focus on Female Sexuality” webinar was held on Saturday, 30th of January 2021.

For more information, contact our esteemed WAS Advisory Committee member, Dr. K.S. Jeyarani Kamaraj.

Welcome New Members!

Membership information is updated regularly on our website. We welcome all interested parties to become WAS members, especially as we grow momentum toward our world congress in September.


Become a member of WAS!

Share this information and join us! Not a member yet? Do you have a friend who would like to be a member of WAS?

WAS has four categories of membership: organizational, individual, student and honorary (awarded by WAS). All categories enjoy interesting privileges of membership!

WAS has special offers – for organizations coming from least developed countries (one year free) and for WAS students with a special discount at the congress.

Click here to LEARN MORE at our WAS website (English information )