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Jope’s experience of growing up in a household facing domestic violence sparked an interest in gender and politics. His academic research is driven by first hand knowledge of how these social structures affect people’s lives every day.

His experience led him to rethink what it means to be a Fijian man in today’s society and to question the role and power that he has as a man in Fiji.

Jope’s talk invites us all to re-think the Fijian man.

Jope Tarai is a research student and teaching assistant at the University of the South Pacific (USP) who spent his early years growing up in the interior parts of Fiji before moving to Suva.

He is dedicated to research in areas of diplomacy, Pacific politics, youth development, social media and gender where he challenges the traditional structure and asks people to question the status quo.

Jope attended Assemblies of God Primary School (A.O.G) and Stella Maris before moving to Marist Brothers High School (MBHS) before completing his tertiary studies at the University of the South Pacific (USP).

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


Jope Volavola Tarai
Research student & teaching assistant at the University of the South Pacific (USP)
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