Category Archives: WAS News

The Obituary of Robert Dunlap

Besides Dr. Gindin we are also very sad to report the loss of Dr. Robert Dunlap. Dr. Dunlap was an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator; Board-Certified Clinical Sexologist (ACS) and a long time PHOTO - LEON GINDIN AND ROBERT DUNLAPmember of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, The American College of Sexologists and The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He was a seasoned media expert, with appearances on over 400 commercials, and in print, film and television. He was the co-founder of Sex Coach University, Sexology University and the World Association of Sex Coaches (WASC), where he brought years of media expertise, training acumen and a keen knowledge of sexology. He was also a clinical sexologist, with specialization in BDSM/kink and fetish populations. 

We express our sincere condolences to his family and especially to his life partner Patti Britton who is also an active member of the WAS Advisory Committee.

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

 

 

 

JOINT WAS & WPATH STATEMENT ON THE NEW ICD-11

We write to you today to urge you to support the inclusion of three key proposals for revisions to ICD-11; specifically, that there should be a chapter on Conditions Related to Sexual Health, and that diagnoses employed to facilitate transgender people’s access to gender affirming healthcare, Gender Incongruence, should be among those placed in this chapter. These proposals have been widely supported by those involved in sexual health, and more specifically in the provision of healthcare to transgender people.  As we approach the final year before the ICD-11’s anticipated approval, it has come to our attention that each of these proposals may now be under threat. Alsowe call on WHO to consider further the proposed Gender Incongruence of Childhood diagnosis, including through comprehensive consultation with the transgender community. 

We strongly support these proposals; however, we are deeply concerned that, in the absence of the proposed chapter, sexual and gender diagnoses will remain in the mental disorders section.  This would be a serious setback to our understanding of sexual health conditions. 

Together with WPATH, we agreed on submitting a joint resolution with the following text:

“The World Association for Sexual Health and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health urge the World Health Organisation to remain fully committed to the inclusion of a chapter on Conditions Related to Sexual Health in ICD-11 in the version to be presented for approval at the World Health Assembly. We also urge WHO member states to support the proposed chapter.” 

“The World Association for Sexual Health and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health urge the World Health Organisation to remain fully committed to locating the proposed diagnosis of Gender Incongruence of Adolescence and Adulthood within the chapter on Conditions Related to Sexual Health. We also urge member states to support the proposed placement.”

 “The World Association for Sexual Health and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health calls on WHO to consider further the proposed Gender Incongruence of Childhood diagnosis, including through comprehensive consultation with the transgender community.“

To give our opinion the greatest impact, we hope you will spend a few moments to register your support today with WHO. Please click the following link to the ICD 11 Beta Website: http://apps.who.int/classifications/icd11/browse/l-m/en.

You will then be asked to register and create a login profile (http://apps.who.int/classifications/icd11/trainingvideos/) and finally add commentary (http://apps.who.int/classifications/icd11/trainingvideos/3rd%20video%20Comments%20and%20SAQs/3rd%20video%20Comments%20and%20SAQs.html).

In addition to adding some words of your own, we strongly recommend that you include the following three paragraphs:

We (I) urge the World Health Organisation to remain fully committed to the inclusion of a chapter on Conditions Related to Sexual Health in ICD-11 in the version to be presented for approval at the World Health Assembly. We also urge WHO member states to support the proposed chapter.”

We (I) urge the World Health Organisation to remain fully committed to locating the proposed diagnosis of Gender Incongruence of Adolescence and Adulthood within the chapter on Conditions Related to Sexual Health. We also urge member states to support the proposed placement.”

We (I) call on WHO to consider further the proposed Gender Incongruence of Childhood diagnosis, including through comprehensive consultation with the transgender community.“

The deadline for the comment period is June 30, 2017. We, therefore, encourage you to share this widely with your networks and support the proposed statements. Please take this action in support of sexual health before June 30, 2017.
 
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Sincerely,
Pedro Nobre
President of the World Association for Sexual Health
 
Below is a link to a recently published commentary which explains our position in more detail that was written by all of the Past Presidents of WAS:
http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/NI3nGiGKe2Y9urAFwmgI/full