September 19 - 22, 2011 New Delhi, India

There were 20 participants in this training from nine countries within the region, namely: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam. The cost of travel and accommodation for all participants was covered. Thefaculty /resource persons were from within TARSHI in addition to queer feminist activist, Pramada Menon. 


Ankur Srivastava
Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Mumbai, India

Ayesha Sinha
Kolkata, India

Chandan Kumer Laheri
Steps Towards Development (Steps)
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Iva Kasuma Baharuddin
Center for Women and Gender Studies
University of Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia

Jeudyla Hun
School Health Department

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Jhabindra Prasad Pandey
Family Health Division
Ministry of Health and Population

Kathmandu, Nepal

Krongkaew Panjamahaporn
Regional Professional Development Program
Thabyay Education Network 

Chaing Mai, Thailand

Le Quyen Duong
Pact Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam

Maneesha Singh
The YP Foundation
New Delhi, India

Manjula Sunil
Mangalore, India

Naresh Khatiwada
Population Division
Ministry of Health and Population

Kathmandu, Nepal

Nipuna Sen
Reach India
Kolkata, India

Pem Choki
Ministry of Education
Sarpang, Bhutan

Prodip Chandra Debnath
Steps Towards Development (Steps)
Dhaka, Bangladesh 

Samir Kumar Chanda
Population Services and Training Center (PSTC)
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Shanti Manandhar
Shtrii Shakti
Kathmandu, Nepal

Sheetal Sharma
North East Network
Guwahati, India

Trang Huyen Dang
Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP)
Hanoi, Vietnam 

Trung Thi Thanh Nguyen
Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP)
Hanoi, Vietnam

Wyne Sandy Myint
Save the Children
Yangon, Myanmar


Gunjan Sharma has been with TARSHI since 2004.. She holds a Masters in Social Work and has worked in the development sector for the last 15 years in various capacities. Her work over the years has focused on issues related to sexuality, reproductive health, gender, development, rights and counseling.

Gunjan is Manager Programmes with TARSHI. She is a senior trainer and has conducted training sessions in English and Hindi on gender, sexuality, counseling and other development issues, with a wide variety of groups and audiences. Gunjan’s areas of expertise are helpline counselling and training.

Prabha Nagaraja is a Post Graduate in Child Development from Delhi University. She worked with children with dyslexia and other disabilities before joining TARSHI at its inception in 1996. Her areas of interest include sexuality education for young people and the sexual rights of people with disabilities. 

Prabha is Director Programmes at TARSHI. Her work includes overseeing the TARSHI helpline, training, developing programmes and publications, networking and programme management.

Seema Prakash has worked with people at a deep interactive level for many years helping to bring about attitudinal and behavioural change. She is experienced in counselling men and women across a range of issues and also enjoys training and coaching. In addition to regular counselling she has worked in the area of child sexual abuse since 1998 - counselling survivors, training other counsellors and creating awareness about the issue and the need for prevention through lectures, workshops, articles and films. 

A postgraduate in Psychology, she has furthered this basic education by intensive training in Counselling. She is also a certified practitioner of NLP and Hypnotherapy. Seema has recently completed a tenure as Director, Sanjivini Society for Mental Health. She now practices independently and teaches counselling.

Sumit Baudh obtained an integrated degree as Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (BA LLB) with Honours from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, in 1998. He began his career in the business corporate sector with Hindustan Unilever Limited (1998-2001). In 2001, Sumit was awarded the British Chevening Scholarship. He obtained his Master of Laws (LLM) from the London School of Economics in 2002 and qualified as Solicitor (non-practicing), England and Wales in 2004. Sumit’s areas of interest include human rights, sexuality, conflict, new religious movements, and caste. He has worked with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (2003-04) and the AMAN Trust (2004–06), both NGOs based in India. He is also actively involved with social movements and campaigns, particularly the Voices Against 377.