TARSHI (Talking About Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues) was founded in 1996 and is guided by the vision that all people have the right to sexual well-being and to an enjoyable and self-affirming sexuality. TARSHI works towards expanding sexual and reproductive choices in people’s lives. Its programmes address people of all ages, genders, communities, classes and sexual preferences and disability status, with a focus on women and young people and their sexual and reproductive health and rights. TARSHI began as an individual fellowship project supported by MacArthur Foundation and later was also supported by the Ford Foundation and Packard Foundation. It has expanded its activities beyond the helpline and is recognised as one of the organisations in India that addresses issues of sexuality from a rights’ perspective.
TARSHI’s work currently includes two broad programmatic strands: enhancing the quality of helpline services on issues relating to sexuality and making a larger positive impact in the realm of sexuality.