Who We Are
Vision: We believe that all people have the right to sexual wellbeing and to a self-affirming and enjoyable sexuality.
Mission: TARSHI supports and enables people's control and agency over their sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing through information dissemination, knowledge and perspective building, within a human rights framework.
We work on sexual and reproductive health and rights, without restricting it to a disease-prevention, violence against women or sexual minorities framework, but rather approaching issues of sexuality from a broader and an affirmative, rights-based perspective. We strongly believe in each individual's right to make their own choices in freedom and in dignity. We work in the best interest of all, aim to be as inclusive as possible, remain non-judgemental, maintain boundaries and confidentiality, and treat each other with respect, be it in regard to those we work with, directly or indirectly or when it comes to reporting about people or incidents related to our work. We strive for high quality in our work, making sure that the information we give is both accurate and easily accessible - that is easy to understand, inclusive, audience-oriented, and readily available for those it is intended for.
From 2019 until 2025, we will focus our work towards creating Safe, Inclusive, Sexuality-Affirming, or SISA, spaces. A SISA space offers an environment that is non-judgmental, rights-based and sexuality-affirming, where people can safely explore and express their sexuality and sexual wellbeing. It is an ideal we wish to work towards, where sexuality is no longer surrounded by shame or taboo.
We work towards the following goals:
#1 Service providers* adopt a rights-based approach to sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and/or counselling for SRHR issues, in order to work towards SISA spaces
#2 People, especially young people, have rights-based, affirmative information on sexuality to make informed choices about their sexuality and Sexual and Reproductive Health
#3 Organisations (specifically, NGOs and schools) have resources to assist them in aligning their policies with SISA and rights-based approaches.
TARSHI conducts trainings, workshops and consultancies to make aspects of counselling skills, gender and sexuality more accessible to people; offers eLearning courses on sexuality that reach out to a diverse, global, audience; develops publications on sexuality, SRHR, and sexuality education; has an active presence on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube; engages in public education; and supports advocacy initiatives and activities towards creating SISA spaces in a variety of environments.
*Service Providers include teachers, NGO staff, health service providers, queer community members, parents/ caregivers, counsellors, students training to be teachers or health service providers (e.g. medical students), and corporate staff members.