celebrating WAS 40 years


Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being related to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.

World Health Organization 2002, 2006



Since 2010, World Sexual Health Day has been WAS’s invitation to the public as well as professionals, to join this initiative to promote sexual health, wellbeing and rights for all.


Sexual Health and Sexual Rights are FUNDAMENTAL for well-being.

Celebrating 40 years of the World Association for Sexual Health

*If the language or translation of the slogan can be misleading or misinterpreted for cultural or linguistic reasons in your country or region, please adapt it.


The preamble of WAS declaration of Sexual Rights: “In recognition that sexual rights are essential for the achievement of the highest attainable sexual health, the World Association for Sexual Health: States that sexual rights are grounded in universal human rights …” Sexuality is a central aspect of being human throughout life and encompasses sex, gender identities and roles, sexual orientation, eroticism, pleasure, intimacy, and reproduction (WHO, 2006). This year we celebrate 40 years of WAS founding in Rome and its important contributions. Let’s celebrate WSHD and WAS!



The official date is the 4th of September, but you can adapt and create celebrations throughout the month.


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You can organize social, cultural, media or political activities that involve everyone.


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Wherever you find suitable: physical space or online. In the past, country organizers have taken WSHD activities to schools, media, hospitals, libraries, universities, public squares, art halls, theatre groups, etc. WSHD aims to expand to many different social contexts throughout the imagination of its organizers. WAS wants to ensure that sexual health issues are widely discussed everywhere.


  • Disseminate and advertise WSHD 2018 in every social and professional network (e.g., instagram, facebook, linkedin) or media dissemination way possible.
  • Use the #WorldSexualHealthDay tag in your posts, create visibility for your projects and initiatives.
  • Take pictures, tag them so that we can use in our social media (e.g., https://www.facebook.com/4sept)
  • Use the standard logo below as well as this year’s campaign above.



  1. WSHD is a global and volunteer celebration, the possibilities are limitless.
  2. A good strategy of promotion is to try to involve celebrities, government officials and politicians in the activity that you organize. (In the state of Jalisco, Mexico, it has become an official day in the state calendar).
  3. Possible activities, involving the topics addressed in the next section:
  • Create a #WSHD photography, poem, tale contest;
  • Create a #WSHD challenge and involve everyone in a virtual challenge using your social networks page;
  • Create talks open to anyone interested in universities, organizations etc.
  • Invite sexual health and sexual rights advocate(s) to celebrate with you, involve them.
  • Make videos or articles congratulating 40 years of WAS and honoring professionals in your country that have been a part or participated in the World Association for Sexual Health or associations that belong to WAS.
  • Enclosed is a lesson plan kindly shared by the Center for Sex Education which we deeply appreciate.


Read the 2014 sexual rights declaration and get inspired: http://www.worldsexology.org/resources/declaration-of-sexual-rights/
Use the WAS resources* to guide everything you decide to do and in all the materials you decide to use.
*Documents can be download here different languages: http://www.worldsexology.org/resources/


We invite you to contribute ressources and bibliography on the history of sexology and WAS, and on the relationship between well-being and sexual health, to put on the websites.


World Association for Sexual Health