In this chapter, Sharma writes about a workshop programme by her organisation, Nirantar, aimed at building perspectives on sexuality in a manner that was both positive and political. The programme constitutes one of the first efforts in the Indian context to do this, with women from rural, poor communities as well as the organisations that work with them, in an intensive manner.
The initiative stemmed from a context in which interventions aimed at the rights of women from poorer communities tend not to address sexual rights. The trainings helped the organisation understand better why players in gender and development fear working on issues of sexuality and the ways in which women from socially and economically marginalised communities relate to issues of sexuality. This chapter presents their learning based on documentation of the trainings, an external review of the impact, and on Sharma’s personal experience as a facilitator in the trainings.