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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

WAS 2017 Awards

10 best abstracts

10 best abstracts were awarded during the WAS 2017 Congress in Prague

Nicoletta Cera

Dynamics of the Inhibition of Genital Response in Psychogenic Erectile Dysfunction

Richard de Visser

Evolutionary and social cognitive models of jealousy: a population-representative study

Faysal El Kak Lebanon

Female survivors of sexual abuse: Do they differ in sexual behavior, attitudes, and perceptions towards sexuality? Findings from a cross-sectional survey conducted among university students in Lebanon

Roman Chmel

Moderated Poster Sexual Life of Women with Rokitansky Syndrome after Laparoscopic Vecchietti’s Vaginoplasty

Robyn Jackowich

Is persistent genital arousal disorder a subtype of vulvodynia? Examining women’s self-reported symptom characteristics and medical histories.

Lucie Krejčová

Pornography consumption in women and its association with sexual desire and sexual satisfaction

Nicholas Metheny

Focusing on the Positive: How Resilience Shapes Risk for Sexual Intimate Partner Violence in 30 Resource-Constrained Countries

Cátia Oliveira Portugal

Psychosocial predictors of sexual self-esteem and sexual satisfaction in women with sexual pain

Hermen Ormel

Global Family Planning Programming: key evaluation findings and recommendations

Sharice Preston


Temporal Trends in HPV Related Knowledge: A Global Systematic Review

Gold medal

The Gold Medal is the most prestigious individual honour of the World Association for Sexual Health. 5 Gold Medal have been given during the opening ceremony at WAS 2017 Congress in Prague.

LARS-GÖSTA DAHLÖF (SWEDEN)

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LGD graduated from Univ. of Gothenburg 1979 and became associate professor 1981. From 1973 LGD initiated and developed a comprehensive course program in sexology tailored especially for various health professionals like physicians, psychologists, midwives, social workers. As a devoted researcher, teacher, therapist and supervisor LGD has made an outstanding contribution to sexual health promotion in Sweden and abroad. In 2000 LGD was awarded The Gothenburg University Pedagogical Prize and 2013 the WAS Gold Medal Award for his lifelong contribution. Congress President of WAS 19th World Congress for Sexual Health, Gothenburg 2009. Full member of IASR, SSSS, AASECT and ISSM.

MONA KAIDBEY (USA)

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Dr. Mona Kaidbey is a public health expert with a broad experience in international health and development. She has dedicated her career to improving access to sexual and reproductive health education and services to young people and to the promotion of gender equality. She has been a strong advocate for young people right to health, education and participation. Dr. Kaidbey has recently retired from UNFPA, but she continues to speak and write on issues relating to sexual and reproductive health and sexuality education.

ELEANOR MATICKA-TYNDALE (CANADA)

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Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale received her PhD in sociology from the University of Calgary in 1989. She is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology and Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Windsor. Besides academics, her research partners have included rural communities, ethnic and religious minority communities, grass-roots development organizations, and government ministries. Her research has led to development of programming and strategies deployed over provinces, states, and entire countries addressing sexual transmission of HIV, sexual violence, and legislative and policy changes.

RAFAEL MAZIN (USA)

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Rafael Mazin, retired staff of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) was until the day he retired the Senior Advisor on HIV/STI and hepatitis of. Dr. Mazin oversaw a PAHO strategy directed to focus prevention and care efforts on the populations and groups at the epicenter of the HIV epidemic in the Region of the Americas. He has coordinated the development of tools for the provision of comprehensive care to gay men and other men who have sex with men and to transgender persons. Also, he promoted actions to eliminate homophobic bullying in schools and health care settings. He fostered a fruitful relationship with WAS and functioned as the focal point for the official interactions between PAHO and WAS.

JEFFREY WEEKS (UK)

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Jeffrey Weeks is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at London South Bank University. Since the 1970s he has largely focused his research and publications on the history and social organisation of sexuality and intimate life, with pioneering work on LGBT history, the making of sexual identities, sexual theories, sexual regulation, and same-sex relationships and same-sex marriage. His latest monograph, What is Sexual History? was published in 2016.

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Dear colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that I share this message with you all as the new elected president of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS).

I am deeply grateful for the trust that the WAS member societies and the new elected Advisory Committee (AC) members have deposited on me. I would also like to congratulate all colleagues who were just elected for the new WAS AC and send a word of recognition to the ones who have just completed their term.

Since my first experience with WAS, back in 1999 at the Hong-Kong Congress, I have been always impressed with the diversity, multicultural and multidisciplinary nature of this global organization.

I see WAS as the world’s major umbrella organization in the field of sexual health /sexual rights, representing more than one hundred member organizations and several other global organizations from the five continents. Moreover, WAS is a truly multidisciplinary organization in line with the original spirit of Iwan Bloch when he first coined the term “Sexualwissenschaft” – the multidisciplinary science of sexuality, more than hundred years ago. This global representation together with the multidisciplinary nature are in my view the major strengths of WAS and constitute its unique distinctive characteristic.

WAS is also the oldest global organization in the field of sexual health, born in 1978 has been mostly concerned with sexual health and rights across the globe since then. Our mission statement summarizes this vision, emphasizing that WAS “promotes sexual health throughout human life spans all over the world by developing, promoting and supporting sexology and sexual rights for all”.

In my view WAS should actively assume its role as a major global organization and bring together all other global and major regional societies in order to develop common strategies to achieve its common mission goals. In particular the strengthening of the strategic partnerships with WHO, PAHO  and other UN organizations is crucial in pursuing these goals.

Besides this, WAS should strongly work towards increasing the global representation of organizational and individual members in cooperation with the regional federations, mainly from under-represented regions such as Asia-Oceania, Eastern Europe, Central America  and particularly Africa.

WAS should also develop a consistent strategy to increase its global recognition and awareness across the globe. Initiatives such as the World Sexual Health Day and Youth initiatives together with a strong and ambitious media strategy play a central role in disseminating WAS’ mission and goals.

On a more personal note, I see myself as someone who is always open to learn with others, break barriers, and build bridges. I hope these characteristics will be helpful in order to lead such a number of exceptional colleagues and organizations from all around the world, to accomplish WAS goals and mission.

Sincerely,

Pedro Nobre

President of the World Association for Sexual Health