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The Obituary of León Roberto Gindín

On behalf of the Executive Officers of the World Association for Sexual Health, we regret to inform the sad loss of our esteemed colleague and friend León Roberto Gindín. Dr. Gindin was a member of  WAS Executive Committee and President of the Federación Latinoamericana de Sociedades de Sexología y Educación Sexual  (FLASSES). Dr. Gindin passed away in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 23 July while surrounded with loved ones. 

Dr. Gindin was one of the most prominent leaders in the field of Sexology and Sexual Health in Latin America . He was a founding member of FLASSES and an active member of WAS.  We express our most sincere condolences to his family, in particular to his life partner Cristina Fridman who is  also an active member of the WAS Advisory Committee  

León Roberto Gindín 14/3/1938 – 24/7/2017

Born in Buenos Aires, son of Girt and Paulina, brother of Sara and Hector. Husband of Cristina Tania and father of Adrian, Cynthia and Ana Laura.

He graduated as a doctor at the National University of Buenos Aires in 1963, and later specialized in Psychoanalysis at the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association of which he was a member. He practiced psychoanalysis and individual and group psychotherapy until 1980.

León Roberto Gindin developed  medical sexology as a specialty since 1980 when he met Laura Caldiz who was returning to Argentina and  together they founded the CETIS (Center for Education, Therapy and Research in Sexology). Caldiz came with a training in sexology at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Human Sexuality and with Masters and Johnson. Along with CETIS and Laura Caldiz,  Gindin began his  sexological career. He went to study for a few months with Helen Kaplan in New York and joined WAS (World Association of Sexology) attending all the WAS congresses since Jerusalem and was for two periods a member of the Advisory Committee. He attended all congresses of FLASSES since its foundation in Asunción, Paraguay in 1981 and was its current president (2014-2018).

Since 1980 he dedicated himself to full-time sexology through research, teaching and attending events and congresses. He was associate professor of sexuality and health at the University of Belgrano and at the Interamerican Open University (UAI). He was also associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires. He coordinated  training courses of sexologists in CETIS from 1981 to 1999 and since 2005 in the Argentinian  Society of Human Sexuality, SASH, of which he was a founder and its first president. In addition, he created with Cristina Fridman the first  distance learning courses in clinical sexology and sexuality education,   which have trained more than 1000 professionals.

He was a founding member of the International Academy of Medical Sexology  Chair Nº 17.

He published 20 books (The New Male Sexuality, The New  Female Sexuality, Premature Ejaculation, Unconsumated Marriages) and research papers in international and national publications. He was founder and creator of the Sexology journal and the Journal of SASH.

The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) Statement on the USA Rejection of UN Resolution of Violence Against Women

As reported by several sources, the USA has recently rejected a resolution proposed to the UN Human Rights Council that has the stated goal of reducing violence against women because of a provision related to access to safe abortions. This follows USA President Trump’s executive order to reinstate and tighten the Global Gag Rule, which prohibits international sexual and reproductive health organizations from receiving USA. funding if they provide, counsel, refer or advocate for abortion services. The Rule prohibits these activities even if organizations carry them out with their own non-USA funding, and even if abortion is legal in their own country.

The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) condemns the rejection of this resolution and reaffirms its denouncement of the Global Gag Rule. Beyond its patent violation of human rights recognized by international statutes concerning sexual and reproductive health and rights, and UN Sustainable Development Goals, WAS considers that obstacles to access to safe abortion will cause an increase of illegal and unsafe abortion which will cause serious harm to women and families. Unsafe abortion is among the main causes of maternal mortality in the countries, where abortion is illegal.

Article 12 of the WAS Declaration of Sexual Rights (2014) * states that everyone has the right to make reproductive decisions on their own terms, and that right includes unimpeded access to sexual health services including safe abortions.

The proposal rejected by the USA brought attention to the heighted risk of violence for women in conflict, war and post-war environments. The lives of many women may be threatened due to the lack of support from the USA delegation to this important statement. 

We fully stand behind the UN’s continued effort to support and sustain sexual health policies including access to sexual health services including abortion.

*The WAS Declaration of Sexual Rights (2014) can be downloaded in various languages at the following URL: http://www.worldsexology.org/resources/declaration-of-sexual-rights/

Pedro Nobre

President of the World Association for Sexual Health