Angelina Jolie and her daughter Zahara visit Washington DC
Angelina Jolie and her daughter Zahara visit Washington DC. Angelina Jolie visited the Capitol yesterday with her daughter Zahara. The actress spoke at a press conference and called on Congress and the Senate to update the Violence Against Women Act.
The law was first passed in 1994 and included provisions for federal prosecution of crimes of domestic and sexual violence. However, it expired in 2019 and has not been operational since.
The reason many people have difficulty coming out of abusive situations is that they have been made to feel worthless. When Congress is silent, too busy to renew the Violence Against Women Act for a decade, it reinforces the sense of futility. A person thinks: “Well, my offender is right. So I’m not worth very much,”
– Angelina said in her speech, noting that the passage of the law “is one of the most important votes in which senators will participate this year.”
Senator Dick Durbin, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday that a bipartisan agreement had been reached to extend the law.
Jolie’s speech turned out to be very emotional, and at some point, she could hardly hold back her tears. The actress was especially emotional when she spoke about the children “who are currently scared and suffering,” as well as those victims who died due to this gap in the law, although they could have been saved.
Jolie also wrote about the press conference on her Instagram, thanking her daughter for being there at such an exciting moment.
On the same day, Jolie also met with EPA administrator Michael Regan to discuss environmental stressors and children’s health.
This isn’t Jolie’s first visit to Washington about the law to protect women from domestic violence. In September last year, the actress already came to the White House to hold bipartisan meetings and discuss the re-approval of the law.
The actress pays a lot of attention to the topic of protecting women’s rights. She recently posted excerpts from a letter from an Afghan woman on Instagram and called for monitoring the situation in Afghanistan.
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