《中英對照讀新聞》Does Saudi robot citizen have more rights than women? 沙烏地機器人公民比婦女享有更多權利嗎？
Meet Sophia, a robot who made her first public appearance in the Saudi Arabian city of Riyadh on Wednesday.
Sophia was such a hit she was immediately given Saudi citizenship in front of hundreds of delegates at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh on 25 October. But as pictures and videos of Sophia began circulating on social media many started to ask why a robot already seemed to have secured more rights than women in the country.
Sophia, created by Hong Kong company Hanson Robotics, addressed the audience in English without the customary headscarf and abaya. "I am very honoured and proud for this unique distinction," she said. "This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship."
The Arabic hashtag #Sophia_calls_for_dropping_guardianship was circulating. Under the Saudi guardianship system every woman must have a male companion with her in public, usually a close family member, who has authority to act on her behalf.
"Sophia has no guardian, doesn’t wear an abaya or cover up - how come?" commented one Twitter user. While another posted an image of the robot’s face with a black headscarf and face veil drawn on, with the caption： "How Sophia will look after a while."
secure：獲得、取得。例句：He secured only 45 votes.（他只獲得45票。）
on one’s behalf：代表某人。例句：You may sign the contract on our behalf.（你可以代表我們簽署合約。）
after a while：過不久、過一陣子。例句：I will help you after a while.（過一會兒我會來幫你。）