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播音:王怡
撰稿:王怡
 
最近,安妮·海瑟薇在联合国三·八妇女节活动上的演讲引发热切关注。
作为联合国妇女慈善大使,她为女性发声,号召女性享受带薪产假,同时号召男性可以享受亲子假。娓娓道来,温柔却充满力量。
她初为人母,从自己的情况出发,思考工作与生活的平衡,角色和重心的转换,关注美国女性无薪产假情况。
In late March, last year, 2016, I became a parent for the first time. I remember the indescribable – and as I understand it pretty universal – experience of holding my week-old son and feeling my priorities change on a cellular level.
Like so many parents, I wondered how I was going to balance my work with my new role as a parent, and in that moment, I remember that the statistic for the US’s policy on maternity leave flashed in my mind.
American women are currently entitled to 12 weeks unpaid leave. American men are entitled to nothing.
I remember thinking to myself, "If the practical reality of pregnancy is another mouth to feed in your home, and America is a country where most people are living paycheck to paycheck, how does 12 weeks unpaid leave economically work?"
The truth is: for too many people, it doesn’t.
One in four American women go back to work two weeks after giving birth because they can’t afford to take any more time off than that. That is 25 per cent of American women.
Equally disturbing, women who can afford to take the full 12 weeks often don’t, because it will mean incurring a “motherhood penalty” – meaning they will be perceived as less dedicated to their job and will be passed over for promotions and other career advancement.
她提到,男性长久以来被定位为养家糊口的人,而非照看孩子的人,这样的角色定位其实是需要转变的。男性也应该休产假,也可以带孩子,也需要情感的发泄口,而女性也可因此减少一些压力,获得更多的机会。
In other words, in order to liberate women, we need to liberate men.
Paid parental leave is not about taking days off work; it’s about creating the freedom to define roles, to choose how to invest time, and to establish new, positive cycles of behavior.
Maternity leave, or any workplace policy based on gender, can – at this moment in history – only ever be a gilded cage. Though it was created to make life easier for women, we now know it creates a perception of women as being inconvenient to the workplace. We now know it chains men to an emotionally limited path.
Paid parental leave does more than give more time for parents to spend with their kids. It changes the story of what children observe, and will, from themselves, imagine possible.
 In my own country, the United States – currently, the only high income country in the world without paid maternity, let alone parental leave.

最后,她号召每一代人都要找到自己的方向,大胆发声。从结构上来说与演讲开头父亲教会她找方向的故事呼应,使得整篇演讲稿听起来一气呵成、荡气回肠。
Every generation must find their north.
When women around the world demanded the right to vote, we took a fundamental step towards equality. North.
When same-sex marriage was passed in the US, we put an end to a discriminatory law. North.
When millions of men and boys, and prime ministers, and the President of the General Assembly, when men in this room and around the world – the ones we cannot see, the ones who support us in ways we cannot know but we feel – when they answered Emma Watson’s call to be HeForShe, the world grew. North.
 We must ask ourselves, how will we be more tomorrow than we are today?
 The whole world grows when people like you and me take a stand, because we know that beyond the idea of how women and men are different, there is a deeper truth that love is love, and parents are parents.