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 http://ted.com/tedx