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December 1, 2009

Components of Culture – Jailed for wearing pants?

Filed under: International PR — swilso37 @ 10:04 am

In the United States, our culture is one that women and men are free to wear what they please. Of course there are dress codes within businesses and organizations, but U.S. citizens still have the right to choose what they put on before they head out the door in the morning. It is unheard and bazaar to know that a woman journalist in Sudan was put in jail for wearing pants. (Just so happens that I am wearing pants right now!)  This can have something to do with public relations on a global scale because countries around the world have various cultures and beliefs and various different views on what is right and wrong. Being a woman in the United States, we have so many privileges compared to women in other countries across the world, such as China. After doing an in-depth analysis of Hillary Clinton’s 1995 speech in Beijing, China at the U.N.’s 4th World Conference on Women, I truly understand the horrible conditions and treatment of women in other cultures. In some, women are not even seen to have the same rights as a human being. If a woman was to get involved or even get a job within international public relations, she would have to do a great amount of research about the country and cultures within a country before she were to work or visit the country. I believe this story can open a lot of eyes to the fact that every country and culture can be different in so many ways. In international public relations, a practitioner needs to be aware of the diverse cultural aspects within a country.

Link to article: http: Sudan Woman Imprisoned for Wearing Pants

Hillary Clinton’s 1995 Speech: Hillary Clinton at World Conference on Women

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1 Comment »

  1. Although this took place in another country, there are some widely practiced religions in the US that believe it is inappropriate for a women to wear pants.

    Comment by Andrews — December 5, 2009 @ 10:56 pm


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