Angelina Jolie and Zahara Took a Mother-Daughter Activism Trip

The two spoke with D.C. lawmakers about reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.

Angelina Jolie seems to be passing her interest in activism to her 16-year-old daughter, Zahara.

Today, the Oscar-winning actress and humanitarian shared a series of photos via Instagram from her recent trip to Washington D.C. with her daughter. The two spoke with advocates and lawmakers about the Violence Against Women Act, which supports those affected by domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking. The bill was originally signed into law in 1994 by President Bill Clinton, but it lapsed in 2019 under President Donald Trump's administration and currently faces resistance by members of the GOP who take issue with the bill's updated firearm restrictions.

"Honored to visit Washington, DC, with Zahara, working with advocates and lawmakers to modernize and strengthen the #ViolenceAgainstWomenAct to include protections for children’s health and safety, communities of color, tribes, LGBTQ survivors, rural areas, and all survivors," Jolie wrote in the caption of the post. "We need reforms including judicial training, trauma-informed court processes that minimize the risk of harm to children, grant programs for technology to detect bruising across all skin tones and create non-biased forensic evidence collection, and protections for the most vulnerable."

The actress also included a call to action for followers to encourage their senators to cosponsor the act's reauthorization via The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence's website.

In the leading photo, Jolie, Zahara, and Texas Representative Sheila Jackson Lee pose together in an office. Jolie wears a white blouse tucked into a long skirt and nude pumps. Meanwhile, Zahara wore a black top and black bottoms covered by a long camel wrap coat.

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Other snaps from Jolie's Instagram post also show the mother-daughter duo speaking with Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, who is a cosponsor of the VAWA reauthorization, as well as the two attending a working session at the Embassy of Tribal Nations with Kerri Colfer (Tlingit), the senior Native affairs advisor at the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, and Kelbie Kennedy (Choctaw), a counsel on the National Congress of American Indians.

Jolie previously met with lawmakers in September to advocate for the reauthorization of VAWA.

At the time, Jolie's spokesperson told CNN, "UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie is in D.C. for a second day meeting with Senior White House and DOJ officials, and Senators to continue to advocate for the rights of women and children and health in families. In her meetings she will talk about the importance of VAWA reauthorization, FBI reforms, judicial training, and health equity including non-biased forensic evidence collection."

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