WAS 40 years


Since 1978 WAS has been the pre-eminent global organization concerned with sexual health and rights. Our membership represents thousands of experienced as well as trainee sexologists from a variety of disciplines. With biennial congresses held in different regions of the world, WAS has facilitated sexual health through education, health promotion and networking for over three decades. In the recent years, WAS constituency has also become involved in advocating changes in public policy to recognize sexual health and rights as key ingredients in overall health and social justice. Financial support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and governments has sustained this work around the world.

WAS works to promote sexual health for all. Sexual health is a goal not only for the
clinicians. It is the common goal of many disciplines. Sexuality education is meant to foster human development and facilitate sexually healthy lives for people at all stages of the life cycle. Interventions in clinical sexology have the goal of promoting, maintaining and restoring sexual health. Sex research is involved in the creation of evidence-based knowledge that supports others to attain and maintain sexual health.

Mission Statement

The World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) promotes sexual health throughout human life spans all over the world by developing, promoting and supporting sexology and sexual rights for all. WAS accomplishes this by advocacy, networking and facilitating information exchange of ideas and experiences, while concurrently advancing scientifically based sexuality research, sexuality education and clinical sexology with a trans-disciplinary approach.

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