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【英語多読】Paid Breaks for Breast Feeding(授乳に有給を)(英テレグラフ紙)

2015年5月19日

女性の社会進出がアベノミクスのひとつの柱になっています。英テレグラフ紙に先進国の女性の社会進出についての記事がありました。本当の意味の女性の社会進出とは何かを知る手掛かりになると思いますので英語多読記事として紹介します。

原文はこちら。Paid breaks for breast feeding(授乳に有給を)(英テレグラフ紙)

英語多読教材の対訳 Paid breaks for breast feeding(法改正で授乳に有給を)はこちら。      

英語多読教材の日本語 「法改正で授乳に有給を」はこちら。

The Japanese government is trying to promote women’s social advancement now. The Telegraph reports that what women’s social advancement really means in the U.K. I would like to tell you about a British attempt.

Currently the British parliament is deliberating on the issue that whether child-rearing mothers should be given paid break for breast feeding their babies at working places. Reading British women’s social advancement, I was taken aback by the difference between Japan and the U.K in that politics assists the female to work after delivery.

All Party Parliament Group (APPG) in the British parliament proposes to revise a bill to make a room for women to breast feed their babies and create a place to keep a stock of milk so that women can work pleasantly.

The reason why The APPG is proposing to revise the bill for women to be given paid break is because the rate of British women’s breast feeding is the lowest in the western nations and even if women come back to work after delivery, they find it hard to breast feed in spite of the fact that they want to. The APPG wants to change this situation.

A controversial bill that was passed in the EU parliament also made the APPG try to revise the bill. The EU parliament asks for corporations to give child rearing mothers 2 hour paid breaks a day for breast feeding, but the bill may make corporations increase their cost, which brings women a disadvantage at work.

Not surprisingly the British business world is against the bill. They say revising the bill doesn’t solve the fundamental thing and employers should make an effort so that women coming back after delivery can work pleasantly.

I think this is the real effort in the western nations that politics should tackle women’s social advancement. Politicians in the western nations are trying to support women who experience birth and child rearing at the same time that they help women work pleasantly.

I don’t go so far as to say that child rearing mothers should be given paid break for breast feeding in Japan, but if corporations create good working places so that mothers who experienced birth can work pleasantly, they could employ excellent employees.

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