TARSHI has been conducting trainings on sexuality since 1999 and on sexuality, sexual
and reproductive health and rights for practitioners since 2003. Over the years,
trainings have called attention to the need for a training resource. To this end, TARSHI
developed Basics and Beyond: Integrating Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Health
and Rights, a Training Manual. This manual provides the necessary tools and methods to
demonstrate and strengthen the connections between sexuality, sexual health,
reproductive health and human rights.
Basics and Beyond: With over 75 exercises comprising more than 70 hours of training
time, and detailed message points and instructions for each exercise, this manual is
appropriate for both experienced as well as novice facilitators. The exercises combine
information on sexuality, sexual health, reproductive health and rights to elicit
discussions and build clarity and understanding for participants on a variety of subjects
and topics. The exercises also give participants tools and ideas to implement these issues
in their day-to-day work.
Issues addressed in the training: The training comprises of an introduction to the
manual and its contents; an understanding of sexuality, and its links with reproductive
health, sexual health and human rights; basics of gender, sexual orientation, sex work
issues, and sexual health information; tips and tools to deal with difficult participants/
issues; and, ideas for adapting the exercises for specific audiences. Suggestions for how
to use the manual (depending on the facilitator’s goals and the level of understanding,
experience and nature of work of the participants); how facilitators can select exercises
from the modules that address issues relevant to the training groups’ needs; and, how
sessions from the modules can be tailored to specific needs are discussed. The training is
conducted in English.