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Bono becomes first man to win 'Woman of the Year' award

Time: 2016-11-16 01:53cheongsam dress Click:

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.

Bono is the first man awarded Glamour's Women of the Year

Video: Bono becomes the first man to be awarded with Glamour's Women of the Year award

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.

"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."

Lagarde, managing director of the IMF, received a lifetime achievement award

Image Caption: Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF, received a lifetime achievement award

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.

Heard, whose divorce with Johnny Depp involved allegations of abuse,  read a letter from a victim of sexual assault

Image Caption: Amber Heard read a letter from a victim of sexual assault

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.

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