Host an Event for WSHD

Event Guidelines

World Sexual Health Day is a global and volunteer celebration and the possibilities are limitless (as long as you abide by the recommended social distancing rules!). You can use the theme of the year, Sexual Pleasure During Times of COVID-19, or focus on an aspect of sexual health that fits your organization's priorities.


When? The official date is September 4th, but WSHD can be adapted and celebrated throughout the month of September.

What? Inclusive, social, cultural, media, academic or political activities.

Where? In previous years, organizers have taken WSHD activities to schools, media, hospitals, libraries, universities, public squares, art halls, theatre groups, etc. This year, due to COVID-19 related restrictions, WSHD encourages hosts to hold virtual/online events. 

How? World Sexual Health Day has been celebrated across the globe with a wide range of activities from round table discussions to conferences and art exhibitions. WSHD is a global and voluntary celebration; the possibilities are limitless. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Create photography, poetry, tales contests;

  • Create a virtual challenge, social media gathering or twitter party

  • Organize a webinar or virtual workshop

  • Host a sexual health expert at your organization to learn more about sexual health and pleasure

  • Celebrate sexual health champions in your community

  • Share social media posts telling us why you think sexual pleasure matters in times of COVID-19

  • Create and/or share visuals, resources, podcasts that relate to sexual health and wellbeing, sexual pleasure and reproductive justice

  • Download the media kit and share your message with #WSHD2020Canada & #WSHD2020

  • Let us know and get featured.

  • Have questions? Contact us.


Resources for Organizers


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)


Sexual Pleasure

Sexual pleasure is the "physical and/or psychological satisfaction and enjoyment derived from solitary or shared erotic experiences, including thoughts, dreams and autoeroticism. Self-determination, consent, safety, privacy, confidence and the ability to communicate and negotiate sexual relations are key enabling factors for pleasure to contribute to sexual health and wellbeing. Sexual pleasure should be exercised within the context of sexual rights, particularly the rights to equality and nondiscrimination, autonomy and bodily integrity, the right to the highest attainable standard of health and freedom of expression. The experiences of human sexual pleasure are diverse and sexual rights ensure that pleasure is a positive experience for all concerned and not obtained by violating other people’s human rights and wellbeing." (The Global Advisory Board (GAB) for Sexual Health and Wellbeing, 2016)


Reproductive Justice

Reproductive justice emerged in response to low- income women, Black women and women of colour, and LGBTQ+ people feeling isolated from the women's rights movement. Reproductive Justice was first termed by SisterSong Women of Colour in the US and is defined as “the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities”. Reproductive justice focuses on access rather than rights, asserting that legal rights alone do not mean having access, due to socio-structural factors. 


Intersectionality was coined by Professor Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw in 1989, and is defined as “a lens, a prism, for seeing the way in which various forms of inequality often operate together and exacerbate each other. “We tend to talk about race inequality as separate from inequality based on gender, class, sexuality or immigrant status. What’s often missing is how some people are subject to all of these, and the experience is not just the sum of its parts”. - Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw


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. 


Please contact WAS if you would like to volunteer to translate the Declaration of Sexual Rights into your language.