In 2014, the 8th World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) established a Task Force on Sexual Rights, which led the process of review and renovation of the WAS Declaration of Sexual Rights. The original Declaration of Sexual Rights was drafted by WAS at the 13th World Congress of Sexology in Valencia and later approved by WAS General Assembly in Hong Kong, in 1999.
For 15 years, this Declaration was widely disseminated, adopted and used by many organizations and quoted in many publications. However, changes in the socio political environment made clear the need to review the Declaration to align with internationally recognized human rights instruments. In February 2014, the Task Force convened an expert consultation to draft a new Declaration and Technical Document.
The new Declaration was adopted by WAS Officers, Executive, and Advisory Committees and has already been translated in many languages, nonetheless, the Declaration needs to become widely disseminated, across different countries and different key groups, particularly among young people. In this presentation, the new WAS Declaration for Sexual Rights will be introduced to the participants of the workshop, and a discussion about how the rights apply to young people living in Singapore will be established.