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多伦多举行全球少女峰会,议题与首脑峰会相仿

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Before the G-20 Summit, a Girls 20 Summit in Toronto


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This is the VOA Special English Education Report.

Leaders of the world's twenty largest economies will meet this Saturday and Sunday in Toronto, Canada. The Group of 20 will discuss the best ways to guide the world economy to a stronger recovery. The G-20 is nineteen countries and the European Union.

Last week, in Toronto, international charities held the first-ever Girls 20 Summit. The goal was to bring the economic power of girls and women, and the importance of women's issues, to the attention of G-20 leaders.

Organizers invited twenty young women from each of the G-20 member countries. They discussed the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and better ways to meet them. The goals include cutting poverty, improving access to health care and providing education to all children.

Nineteen-year-old Anwar Basunbul from Saudi Arabia said many Saudi women are interested in working. But they need permission from their husband or other male guardian. And there are restrictions on the professions they can join.

ANWAR BASUNBUL: "Our culture still believes that men are biologically more qualified to lead or rule women."

She says the Saudi leadership has not failed women; Saudi women have not yet asked for what they want.

ANWAR BASUNBUL: "I believe women are not confident enough in my country to speak up. So I believe no one is going to come and give you the chance as a guest. You have to go and ask for it."

Irem Tumer was the nineteen-year-old representative from Turkey. She says Turkey has approved many legal reforms as part of its efforts to join the European Union -- but these have not necessarily been put into action. She worries about violence against women.

IREM TUMER: "Especially with the honor killings in the eastern parts. The safety of girls still remains a big problem. There have been laws that have been passed, and many police officers and other authorities are being trained about this. But more widespread awareness and education for all girls is necessary to tackle this issue."

Irem Tumer said she would carry home two messages from the Girls 20 Summit. The first is the need for education. The other is the need to empower women and let them take part in business and political decision-making.

The United Nations estimates that females age ten to twenty-four are one-eighth of the world's population. Many of them are the main providers for their families. Yet, in the developing world, many are unable to enjoy even the most basic human rights.

And that's the VOA Special English Education Report, with reporting by Cecily Hilleary and Jim Randle. You can read, listen and comment on our reports at en8848.com. We're also on Facebook, Twitter and iTunes at VOA Learning English. I'm Steve Ember.

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在本月末的G8/G20峰会召开前夕,来自部份国家的少女代表出席了在多伦多举行的全球少女峰会(Girls Summit)。她们年纪虽轻,但谈论的话题却可与首脑峰会等量齐观。

全球女子峰会是加拿大前国会议员、现任Magna International Inc.副总裁的施当娜(Belinda Stronach)通过她的基金会一手筹办的,得到了约50个合作伙伴的支持。她的目标是,通过结合国际首脑峰会举办这个具有雄才大略少女的会议,提升少女的能力,也促进世界领袖们作出类似的行动。

该会议不仅将讨论一系列严肃的政策问题,并将结果反馈给G20峰会,同时也是这些少女们自身的一次技能发展。

除此之外,会议还安排了一些女性热衷的内容,包括请奥运选手(Charmaine Crooks)给她们上健身课。

从本周对她们的电邮採访可以看出,她们的想法并非激进到与首脑的讨论格格不入,但她们的侧重点可谓截然不同。 家园新闻,news.canadameet.com

施当娜表示,她们的观点清新而乐观,但又都基于对国际关系的深刻理解。她们不是一班心高气盛的行善者,却是一群才智过人,注定将在外交领域大显身手的杰出女性。

她表示,少女峰会的议程大体与官方议程相仿,但如果她们可以作主的话,她们一定会把堕胎问题纳入议程,而不会像G8峰会那样避之惟恐不及。

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