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Angelina Jolie calls for action against gender violence in the US Congress

American actress Angelina Jolie on Tuesday asked the United States senators to act urgently to re-enter into force a law that for decades served to combat gender violence. This was reported by a source from the Democratic Party to the EFE news agency.

The star of Hollywood, known for her commitment to various humanitarian causes, held several meetings with Democratic senators, including the leader of that party in the Senate, Chuck Schumer.

The meeting with Schumer lasted a little less than half an hour and during that time the senator informed the actress of the work that the politicians of his party are doing in the Upper House so that a law known in English by its acronym, VAWA, and that in the past served to finance programs against gender violence.

Angelina Jolie. The actress met with Democratic senators. AP Photo

That legislation came into effect in 1994, under then-Democratic President Bill Clinton, and from time to time Congress re-endorsed the law and expanded protections for certain groups, such as same-sex couples or some undocumented immigrants.

What happened

However, in April 2019, under the administration of former Republican President Donald Trump (2017-2021), the rule ceased to be in effect because conservatives refused to include protections for transgender people and did not want to support a provision that prohibited acquiring weapons. fire to those convicted of a crime of gender violence.

In March of this year, the Democratic majority of the House of Representatives voted in favor of the entry into force of the law again but the matter has been stalled in the Senate due to the blockade of the Republicans. After the meeting with Jolie, Schumer uploaded a photo to his Twitter account, reporting the meeting with the actress.

In the images, the senator is seen shaking hands with Jolie and chatting with her on a blue sofa in his office in the Senate.

In one of the photos, you can see that the senator is wearing a pair of purple stockings, matching his tie and with blue and red flames, in contrast to the stark outfit of the actress, a little black suit.

“I am proud to meet Angelina Jolie to discuss our work to reauthorize VAWA in the Senate to help protect survivors,” the senator wrote in Twitter.

He added, “Thank you to Angelina Jolie for coming today to speak about the fight to reauthorize VAWA in the Senate and how we can assist in the investigation into the diagnosis of domestic violence and child abuse injuries in order to help the survivors “.

Jolie, who is known for getting involved with causes representing many who have no voice around the world, has acted, among other issues, as a special envoy for UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, and has led various campaigns against the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

Less than a month ago, the actress decided to open her own account on Instagram to help spread these issues, and mainly what happens to women in countries like Afghanistan today. In a few days, the account reached more than ten million followers.

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