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Bono praises Jennifer Lawrence for gender equality stance

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Jennifer Lawrence has been candid with her thoughts about gender inequality in Hollywood, and now musician and humanitarian Bono is joining the conversation.

During a Facebook Live Q&A to discuss his trip to visit refugees in the Middle East and Africa, the U2 frontman praised the actress for her outspokenness on the gender inequality issue, one that hit close to home for the Oscar-winning actress when she learned via the Sony hack how much less she had been paid than her male American Hustle costars.

Bono discussed similar problems in Nigeria where a “Gender and Equality Opportunity Bill” was recently thrown out. “Gender equality is at the center of any movement that holds fairness, freedom, and justice as its core values,” he said.

His organization, ONE, is heavily involved in gender politics with its project, Poverty is Sexist, noting in the Facebook event that the pay wage gap between men and women is a problem in all industries.

Bono continued on the issue, “It’s women saying they will not have it anymore. They will not take the bad deal.”

“I felt like I had to say something because we need to talk about it,” Lawrence told Diane Sawyer last year. “On average, women are paid 21 percent less than men. We can ask for the same exact thing that men do, and we do face the reality that we do get judged more. It’s just something that is intrinsic, and I would love to see change.”

Lawrence’s fellow Oscar-winner Patricia Arquette is another one trying to make that change happen. She spoke out Tuesday, recognized as Equal Pay Day, along with other stars including Mark Ruffalo and soccer player Hope Solo.

You can watch the full video from Bono’s Facebook Live Q&A below. 

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