The American actress Angelina Jolie visited this Wednesday the White House to call for the approval of various reforms aimed at combating sexist violence in United States.
We recommend you: Angelina Jolie expresses her concern for the women and girls of Afghanistan
A day after holding meetings in the US Congress, Jolie arrived at the White House to meet with some officials of the Government of President Joe Biden and took the opportunity to visit the press room and make brief statements to journalists.
“What is happening is a health crisis,” said the Hollywood star, who serves 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 violence. war.
Need for more efforts in education and prevention
Jolie stressed the need to “invest” more efforts in education and prevention, to foster the development of “healthy families” and to tackle violence against women and children.
The actress was scheduled to meet this Wednesday with senior White House officials, representatives of the Justice Department and with Republican Senator Joni Ernst to, among other things, promote the re-entry of a law against sexist violence.
That legislation, known in English by its acronym, VAWA, began to be implemented in 1994 and every so often the United States Congress endorsed it again, in addition to expanding the protections for certain groups, such as same-sex couples or some undocumented immigrants.
However, in April 2019, under the Administration of Republican 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 firearms. fire 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, but the matter has been stalled in the Senate due to the blockade of the Republicans.
“Reforms in the FBI” to expand “judicial training” on sexist violence
In addition to promoting this issue, Jolie planned to request this Wednesday that “reforms in the FBI” be promoted, that “judicial training” on sexist violence be expanded and that work be done for greater “equality in access to health” of the victims of that scourge, explained a spokesperson for the actress.
Specifically, the actress claims a collection and an “unbiased analysis of forensic evidence” in cases of sexist or vicarious violence, the spokesperson added.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a tweet that she had met with “the tireless and committed” Jolie and that she had spoken with her about the need to pass the aforementioned law and to “continue fighting for women, children and families around the world ”.
In her statements to reporters, Jolie said she was “encouraged” by the meetings she held on Tuesday with various senators, including Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, on the possibility of a new law being passed.
In addition to affecting a third of American women at some point in their lives, gender-based violence in the United States has a nefarious ally in firearms: an average of 53 women die each month shot to death by their partner, according to with the gun control organization Everytown.
However, official data on sexist violence in the United States is scarce and is often reported as “domestic” abuse, something that hides the fact that 4 out of 5 victims are women.
With information from EFE