Bringing Women a Global Voice | PHOTOS

Kristian Bertel, Photographer
Posted January 2, 2012 from Denmark
© Kristian Bertel
In this photograph an Indian woman speaking on the phone in India, where communication to a great extent is influenced by culture and cultural variables. Understanding cultural aspects of communication refers to having knowledge of different cultures in order to communicate effectively with cross culture people.


Cultural aspects of communication are the cultural differences which influences communication across borders and with refers to form of communication which uses spoken and written words for expressing and transferring views and ideas. Today, women from 185 countries use World Pulse to speak out from rural villages to urban cities the photographer Kristian Bertel tells in this story.


Verbal and nonverbal communication

In simple terms, interpersonal communication is the communication between one person and another or others. It is often referred to as face-to-face communication between two or more people. Both verbal and nonverbal communication, or body language, play a part in how one person understands another. In verbal interpersonal communication there are two types of messages being sent, where a content message and a relational message. Content messages are messages about the topic at hand and relational messages are messages about the relationship itself.

This means that relational messages come across in how one says something and it demonstrates a person's feelings, whether positive or negative, towards the individual they are talking to, indicating not only how they feel about the topic at hand, but also how they feel about their relationship with the other individual.


"Language is the most important tool of verbal communication and it is the area where cultural difference play its role and all countries have different languages and to have a better understanding of different culture it is required to have knowledge of languages of different countries"


Stories to be heard

By networking on the World Pulse website, women are finding jobs, starting new programs and businesses, launching women-only cyber cafés, and finding international speaking opportunities that are changing their lives and lifting their communities. Women's rights Women's rights are entitlements and freedoms claimed for women and girls of all ages in many societies. In some places these rights are institutionalized or supported by law, local custom and behaviour, whereas in others they may be ignored or suppressed. Most communicators whether aware or not, often have a set agenda. This is very notable among the different genders.

For instance, many Women in India are found to be more critical in addressing conflict and it is also been noted that men are more than likely to withdraw from conflict when in comparison to women. This breakdown and comparison not only shows that there are many factors to communication between two specific genders but also room for improvement as well as established guidelines for all.


Women's rights 

Women's rights in India differ from broader notions of human rights through claims of an inherent historical and traditional bias against the exercise of rights by women and girls in favour of men and boys. Issues commonly associated with notions of women's rights include, though are not limited to, the right: to bodily integrity and autonomy, to vote such as suffrage, to hold public office, to work, to fair wages or equal pay, to own property, to education, to serve in the military or be conscripted, to enter into legal contracts and to have marital, parental and religious rights.


About the author

Kristian Bertel is a photographer who currently has his residence in Denmark and he has traveled in India to photograph. Many of his photographs have a focus on the life conditions and the scenes of people in India are often pictured in humanitarian portraits by the photographer in cities and in the countryside of India. 


More about the author

Kristian Bertel's website

Kristian Bertel | Photography on Facebook

Kristian Bertel on Twitter


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Achieng Nas
Jan 12, 2012
Jan 12, 2012

Happy new year, Kristian! Your article is very interesting.

My name is Beatrice, one of the three speaking tour award winners of World Pulse in 2011. I hereby introduce you to the new project I am working on here in Uganda; Rural Girl Child Mentor-ship Uganda. Pairing Uganda girls with mentors from across the globe. Please take time to read more about this project and also read and hear personal stories from each girl; hope this can create a network of empowered women leaders from all around the world.

If you know any body who can join me in this mission, please share with them.

Hoping to hear from you.