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VOA常速英语新闻:基金领导人呼吁投资女孩(双语)

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世界主要基金领袖称,要鼓励年轻女孩的希望、梦想和雄心还需做更多工作,马来西亚首都吉隆坡举行的妇女分娩会议讨论了这个问题。
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Leaders of some of the world’s top foundations say much more needs to be done to encourage the hopes, dreams and ambitions of young girls. The issue was discussed at the Women Deliver conference in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.
世界主要基金领袖称,要鼓励年轻女孩的希望、梦想和雄心还需做更多工作,马来西亚首都吉隆坡举行的妇女分娩会议讨论了这个问题。

United Nations Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin said investing in girls has long term benefits.
联合国基金主席兼CEO凯西·卡尔文说,投资女孩能收到长期回报。

“If we don’t put a girl first, if we don’t start with a girl, we may never have the opportunity to help her as a woman. If you address a girl’s issues across the board, you have a really good chance of ensuring that she will have an opportunity to live a long and healthier life – changing both her life and her family’s.”
“如果不把女孩放在首位,如果不从女孩帮起,那么就可能永远不能在她成为妇女时帮助她。如果能全面地解决女孩的问题,那么就可以完全保证她有机会过上长期幸福的生活,不仅改变她自己的命运,也改变她家庭的命运。”

Maria Eitel, President and CEO of the Nike Foundation, said that often there’s a small window of opportunity to intervene on behalf of girls.
耐克基金会总裁兼CEO玛丽亚·艾特尔说,在代表女孩进行干预的问题上通常存在很少机会。

“The younger girls are full of hope – I want to be a doctor…I want to be a pilot…and with enormous hope and aspiration. But at that moment of puberty – at 13, 14,15 – it shifts entirely. And what the girl entirely talks about is barriers to her ability to succeed, particularly around the areas of violence and the area of economic duress for her family,” she said.
“年轻女孩充满希望,我想成为一名医生,我想成为飞行员,她们心中充满希望和追求。但到了青春期13-15岁的时候,情况就完全改变了。女孩们整天讨论的是阻碍她成功的障碍,尤其是在暴力地区以及家庭遭受经济压力的地区。”

Eitel said in many countries the young girl is “painfully aware” that when her family faces economic problems her life can change dramatically.
艾特尔说在很多国家,当家庭面临经济问题时,女孩们都会“痛苦地意识到”自己的人生将发生彻底的改变。

词汇解释

1.across the board 全面地;包括一切地;

He has read Shakespeare's poems across the board.
莎士比亚的诗他全部读过。

2.intervene vi. 干涉;调停;插入

We enjoyed the picnic until a thunderstorm intervened.
一场暴风雨影响了我们野餐时的兴致。

3.puberty n. 青春期;开花期

The figure of a girl fills out at puberty.
姑娘的身段在青春期变得丰满。

4.duress n. 强迫;监禁

He thought her confession had been made under duress.
他认为她是被刑讯逼供的。

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