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Peter Sipeli has over two decades of expertise in using artistic expression as a form of gay rights advocacy and activism in the Pacific.

In this talk he shares his experience of using his own story as a form of advocacy for the rights of gay people living in Fiji and the Pacific.

Peter is a poet, arts manager and creator. He is a passionate supporter of the spoken word arts movement in Fiji most recently through his group ‘The Poetry Shop’.

He began his career in the non-government sector as a human rights activist with Women’s Action for Change (WAC) and was a founding member of the only feminist community radio station in the country; femLINKPACIFIC.

Recently his work has focused on integrated artistic ways to tell the challenging health stories that many local people face in overcoming the increasing non-communicable disease rates such as diabetes.

He is also the manager of a local street arts market in Suva and a Project Manager working in Arts Therapy.

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


Peter Sipeli
Beginning his career in the non-government sector as a human rights activist.
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