Category Archives: WAS News

WAS E-Alert

WAS Members have a great opportunity to share their news in WAS E-alerts. Send your material by the end of each month to Michaela Jurcekova via email ( WAS preserves the right to review the material sent and publish upon approval, the accuracy of the content is the responsibility of the provider of the piece. 

WAS condemns Trump’s Global Gag Rule on abortion services

The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) condemns U.S.A. President Trump’s executive order to reinstate the Global Gag Rule, which prohibits international sexual and reproductive health organizations from receiving U.S.A. funding for contraception 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-U.S. funding, and even if abortion is legal in their own country.

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 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 abortion.

We urge President Trump to reconsider this measure and revoke the Global Gag Rule immediately.

The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) is an international organization with members across the globe, that promotes and advocates for sexual health and sexual rights throughout the lifespan and across the world by advancing the field of sexology, sexuality research, comprehensive sexuality education, and clinical care and services, all of these informed by evidence and scientific enquiry.



Elections for membership of the WAS Advisory Committee for the period 2017 – 2021

Elections for membership of the WAS Advisory Committee for the period 2017 – 2021 will be held at the General Assembly in May 2017 at the Prague Congress.

Call for Nomination 

Nominations are sought from individuals who are members of an eligible WAS member organisation, (See Statutes 7, 8 & 9)*.  Because there is a proportional representation system nominees should also consult Statute 19, point 8.

It is advisable that nominees read the full document of the Statutes & By-Laws, under which WAS is governed.

Nominees are required to complete the nomination form and submit to the Returning Officer.  


Returning Officer: Rosemary Coates, Immediate Past President (2014-2017)

All eligible nominations will be placed on the ballot. 

Nominations may be received from Midnight GMT 11 January 2017 until Midnight GMT 31 March 2017

Note: There are 19 elected positions on the AC. All become vacant in May 2017. While nominees for membership of the AC are required to demonstrate they have the support of their local organisation, AC members represent the whole of WAS and are expected to act in accordance with the Statutes & By-Laws and in the best interests of WAS.

The Statutes & By-Laws are available HERE
The election procedure is available HERE
The nomination form is availble HERE


Fulfil! Guidance Document for the Implementation of Young People’s Sexual Rights (IPPF & WAS, 2016)

Translating the sexual rights of young people into practice not only involves raising awareness among young people for them to claim their rights, but working with duty bearers, such as health providers, educators and policy makers for them to fulfil these rights in law and in services.

As adolescence is a time of gradually gaining responsibilities, implementing the rights of adolescents specifically involves a dynamic process of striking a balance between protecting them while respecting their autonomy and promoting their empowerment. With this in mind, the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) developed Fufil!. This guide addresses the critical opportunities to implement young people’s sexual rights in a global context and provides specific guidance for policy makers, health providers and educators.

Fulfil! Guidance Document for the Implementation of Young People’s Sexual Rights


Fulfil! was written by Doortje Braeken (IPPF) and Antón Castellanos Usigli (Youth Initiative – WAS), and it was possible thanks for the support and technical contributions from a diverse group of experts belonging to organizations such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Health Organization (WHO), Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International, Transgender Equality Network Ireland, the European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights & Coram Children’s Legal Centre.