Actress and humanitarian Angelia Jolie delivered am emotional speech on the Capitol Hill on Wednesday, as she was joined by a bipartisan group of senators to resume the Violence Towards Girls Act to manage the domestic abuse within the nation.
The award-winning actress, alongside together with her daughter Zahara Jolie-Pitt, expressed assist to the victims of domestic abuse – ladies and kids on the press convention.
Jolie’s voice broke as she acknowledged the victims “for whom this legislation comes too late” in her speech in Washington D.C.
“Standing here at the center of our nation’s power, I can think only of everyone who has been made to feel powerless by their abusers by a system that failed to protect them,” mentioned the 46-year-old actress.
“When there is silence from a Congress too busy to renew the Violence Against Women Act for a decade, it reinforces that sense of worthlessness. You think, ‘I guess my abuser is right. I guess I’m not worth very much.’ That’s why passing this law is one of the most important votes U.S. senators will cast this year,” mentioned the Eternals star.
The Violence Towards Girls Act expired on the finish of 2018 and U.S. President Joe Biden, who initially sponsored the invoice as a senator in 1994, had campaigned on renewing it.
In the meantime, forward of her speech, Jolie, who has been appointed as a particular envoy for the UNHCR, additionally shared an Instagram submit and wrote, “Heading into the Senate’s introduction of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, I’m grateful and humbled to join with dedicated advocates and legislators. I’m also glad to share in the advocacy with Zahara — and for her presence to calm my nerves before today’s press conference.”