46-year-old Angelina Jolie has long been known not only for her acting work, but also for her social activities. Jolie takes part in UN missions as a goodwill ambassador, deals with refugee problems, and participates in environmental projects. Now Jolie is in Washington, where she plans to discuss with members of Congress and members of the administration of President Joe Biden the operation of the law on violence against women. To this end, she arrived at the White House yesterday.
Taking the opportunity, during the visit, Angelina also talked with the gymnasts of the US national team (including Simone Biles), who yesterday testified before the Senate Judicial Committee on Capitol Hill. We are talking about a case of abuse and harassment by former team doctor Larry Nassar and the FBI's negligence in this case. The girls testified that their complaints, which had been submitted back in 2015, had not been properly considered.
Jolie talked to the athletes behind closed doors, so the content of their conversation is still unknown to the press.
We will remind that earlier the actress thanked the police officers who defended the Capitol during the riots on January 6.
Jolie also managed to talk to reporters and comment on the main purpose of her visit – an attempt to promote the re-approval of the law on violence against women, which was passed under Clinton.
Well, I've had good bipartisan meetings and that's encouraging. The problem will be solved if you look at it as healthy families and invest in it,
– said Jolie.
According to a White House spokesman, the actress met with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield and Jen Klein, Co-Chair of the Gender Policy Council.
The Violence Against Women Act provides support programs for domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, but it expired more than two years ago. The House of Representatives voted to re-ratify this law in March, but the Senate did not.