About our Initiatives on Comprehensive Sexuality Education
According to UNESCO (2018), Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) is a curriculum-based process of teaching and learning about the cognitive, emotional, physical and social aspects of sexuality. It aims to equip children and young people with knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that will empower them to: realize their health, well-being and dignity; develop respectful social and sexual relationships; consider how their choices affect their own well-being and that of others; and, understand and ensure the protection of their rights throughout their lives.
TARSHI believes in the right of all people and especially young people and women, to have information on sexuality, so they can make informed choices about their own lives. The right to information about one’s own body, the right to choose what one does with one's body and the right to make informed health related decisions vests in each individual.
Over more than two decades, TARSHI has worked towards making accurate information available to young people through the infoline, publications such as the The Red Book and the The Blue Book, and conducting trainings and sessions in schools and colleges on varied issues related to sexuality.
Studies such as the one commissioned by the WHO and Global programme on AIDS, authenticate what we have found to be true from our work experience: that when young people have been given correct information, they are often in a better position to make responsible and safer choices for themselves.
For videos on CSE, and to hear young voices speak, visit our YouTube channel.
TARSHI is engaging with organisations and individuals at various fora such as conferences, seminars and small group discussions to highlight the importance of sexuality education for young people.
TARSHI, as a part of a collective of women’s groups, queer groups, NGOs, students, and academics working in the field of gender, sexuality, and education, across India drafted recommendations to the draft National Education policy, 2019, constituted by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. To read the detailed recommendations, please click here.
On the occasion of TARSHI’s 13th anniversary on February 14, 2009, we initiated an Open Letter to press for the urgency of sexuality education for young people and voice opinions on why sexuality education is important and how the introduction of sexuality education could significantly change people’s lives, which was endorsed by several organisations.
We call on you to join us in the process to initiate discussions and dialogue on the meaning of and the need for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in schools! Respond to our Sexuality Education Questionnaire to share what you think about Sexuality Education for young people and to help build public opinion on CSE. You can view the responses to the questionnaire here.