Bono Named as the First 'Man of the Year' By A Women's Magazine

By Carl Devoux , Updated Nov 02, 2016 07:00 AM EDT

For the first time in Glamour Magazine's history, they are naming a Man of the Year alongside its Women of the Year- and his name is Bono.

On Tuesday, the US-based women's magazine announced that the Irish rock star and philanthropist Bono is going to be its first Man of the Year.

The magazine has formerly said that it does not include men on the honor list due to the fact that they are a women magazine and "the tribe we're into celebrating is female." But "when a major male rock star who could do anything at all with his life decides to focus on the rights of women and girls worldwide - well, all that's worth celebrating. We're proud to name that rock star, Bono, our first Man of the Year," the magazine stated on its website.

In 2015, as part of the ONE organization he co-founded to help address the poverty and diseases in Africa, Bono founded the Poverty is Sexist Campaign which targets to alleviate poverty specifically for the world's poorest of the poor women by providing them better access to services particularly education, healthcare and business opportunities.

In a statement, Bono expressed his appreciation for the award. He said that "battle for gender equality can't be won unless men lead it along with women. We're largely responsible for the problem, so we have to be involved in the solutions." He further added that "We can do much more than we think we can. Leaders are accountable to all of us. If they don't support women and girls, vote them out of office."

Bono will be awarded alongside the magazine's Women of the Year won by U.S. singer Gwen Stefani, American Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, the three founders of Black Lives Matter, International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde, American pop star Zendaya, Italian designer Miuccia Prada, Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad and plus-size model Ashley Graham. The ceremony is going to be held on November 14 in Los Angeles, California.

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