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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Bono - Trump must be on the gender equality train

David Mercer

Published 16/11/2016 | 02:30

Bono and IMF managing director Christine Lagarde at the Glamour Women of the Year dinner in Hollywood. Photo: Rachel Murray/Getty. Photo: Jordan Strauss/AP.
Bono and IMF managing director Christine Lagarde at the Glamour Women of the Year dinner in Hollywood. Photo: Rachel Murray/Getty. Photo: Jordan Strauss/AP.

Bono has urged US president-elect Donald Trump to make gender equality "a priority" as the U2 singer was honoured at 'Glamour's' Women of the Year awards.

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The musician received the magazine's first Man of the Year award at the star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles.

On stage, Bono said: "As my daughter Jordan says, 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.

"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 his One campaign launched a "Poverty is Sexist" movement last year.

In a letter to world leaders, Bono and a host of celebrities called it an outrage that girls account for 74pc of all new HIV infections among adolescents in Africa.

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