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Angelina Jolie And Zahara Jolie-Pitt At This Capitol Hill Press Conference

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We were treated to Angelina Jolie and Zahara Jolie-Pitt’s palpable mother-daughter magic on red carpets from Los Angeles to Rome last fall, when the star and her 17-year-old appeared together at various Eternals premieres and an award ceremony.

  Jon Kopaloff / WireImage via Getty Images, Frazer Harrison / Getty Images
 
Jon Kopaloff / WireImage via Getty Images, Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

Well, Zahara showed support for Angelina at another event yesterday. As you can see, this one did not take place in Hollywood.

  Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
 
Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The women stepped out hand-in-hand on Capitol Hill, where Angelina — who’s an activist in addition to actor, and has served as special envoy to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees since 2012 — spoke at a press conference advocating for the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act.

  Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
 
Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The press conference came as Senators formally introduced the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, a bipartisan bill that would restore laws previously established to protect abuse survivors nationwide.

The original legislation, signed in 1994 by then-president Bill Clinton, requires reauthorization every five years. It expired during the government shutdown in 2018, and then again the following year after it was briefly reinstated.
 

Before accompanying Angelina to the press appearance itself, Zahara helped her prepare to give remarks. We know this because Angelina posted a photo of them looking over what appeared to be a printed copy of her speech on social media, and said she was happy to have Zahara by her side “to share in the advocacy.”

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Alex Wong / Getty Images

“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,” Angelina captioned the photo. “I’m also glad to share in the advocacy with Zahara — and for her presence to calm my nerves before today’s press conference.”

Angelina has visited Washington, DC, on multiple occasions to discuss the act’s renewed passage with legislators. “The reason that many people struggle to leave abusive situations is that they’ve been made to feel worthless,” she said at the press conference. “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.”

 
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