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Since 2010, the World Association for Sexual Health has been calling diverse audiences to celebrate sexual health, wellbeing and rights for all through World Sexual Health Day (WSHD). Focusing on a unique theme each year, World Sexual Health Day is celebrated on September 4 across the globe.


In alignment with the Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity’s strategic vision to provide leadership in advancing gender equity and sexual health equity for all in BC, Canada and globally, we are pleased to host World Sexual Health Day - Canada.


For more than 10 years, CGSHE has worked to advance gender and sexual health equity through policy, practice and research. We are deeply committed to an intersectional feminist approach to recentre voices and leadership historically marginalized in conversations of sexual health and reproductive justice, including Black, Indigenous and other racialized women, trans women, and LGBTQ/2S communities. By taking an active role in supporting World Sexual Health Day events and initiatives across Canada, we hope to bring together likeminded organizations, groups and individuals working towards the same goals.

terms & definitions

Sexual Health

Sexual health is "a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation 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 (WHO), 2006a - working definition)

declaration of sexual rights

The Declaration of Sexual Rights was revised in 2014 by the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS) special task force and expert consultation. You can download it in English and 16 more languages. Please contact WAS if you would like to volunteer to translate the Declaration of Sexual Rights into your language.

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