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Bono becomes first man to win ‘Woman of the Year’ award

The U2 frontman tells US President-elect Donald Trump to prioritise gender equality after accepting the award.

Tuesday 15 November 2016 17:15, UK

Bono has poked fun at himself after becoming the first man to win a Woman of the Year award at a star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles.

The U2 frontman used his acceptance speech at the Glamour awards to urge Donald Trump to make gender equality a “priority” of his term in office.

He said: “I know how ridiculous it is for me to be on this stage accepting this award.

“But if I didn’t know how ridiculous it was, I did have the blessed internet to remind me.”

The Irish musician joined IMF chief Christine Lagarde, singer Gwen Stefani and Olympic gymnast Simone Biles on the list of winners.

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On stage, he gave the US President-elect advice on how to tackle gender inequality, adding: “There is nowhere on Earth where women have the same opportunities as men.

“Unless we address this problem, both men and women together, the world will continue down this misogynistic, violent and impoverished path.

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“I say to the President-elect: look across to women, make equality a priority, it is the only way forward.

“The train is leaving the station, be on it or be under it.”

Bono was recognised after launching a “Poverty is Sexist” movement last year, in which the singer wrote a letter to world leader and celebrities warning of HIV cases among African women.

Several other celebrities were invited on stage at the ceremony to share their experiences.

Actress Amber Heard, whose high-profile divorce battle with Johnny Depp involved allegations of domestic abuse, read a statement from the survivor of the Stanford sexual assault case, known only as Emily Doe.

Doe was sexually assaulted by Stanford student Brock Turner while she lay unconscious behind a large bin. Turner was jailed for six months in March, but freed after serving half his sentence.

“Wherever you are, we know you are listening. Thank you for your words. Thank you for your courage. We carry it with us every day,” Heard said.

Lena Dunham, creator of comedy television series Girls, described being a victim of sexual assault herself.

She said: “When I was assaulted I lived with guilt that I had been out, wasted in a party dress, and feared I was as inconsequential as I had been made to feel when I woke up on the floor.

“Emily’s statement was a gift to survivors like me, one we will work very hard to repay through our honesty and our actions. Thank you Emily.”

Other award winners included fashion designer Miuccia Prada, IS kidnap survivor Nadia Murad, Black Lives Matter activists Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, model and body activist Ashley Graham and actress and campaigner Zendaya.

The U2 frontman tells US President-elect Donald Trump to prioritise gender equality after accepting the award.