- 01 Nov 16
Bono has become the first man to join a long list of influential women for Glamour's Women of the Year. There will be a ceremony held on November 14 in Los Angeles. The decision to nominate a man for the distinction has been controversial. Glamour's editor-in-chief Cindi Leive said: "We've talked for years about whether to honour a man at Women of the Year and we've always kind of put the kabash [sic] on it."You know, men get a lot of awards and aren't exactly hurting in the celebration and honours department." In the end, it was Bono's work with ONE, the international volunteer advocacy organisation that he founded in 2004, that helped to secure the award. Today, ONE has delivered vital AIDS medication to millions of people in Africa. Glamour also acknowledged Bono's newest organization, Poverty is Sexist, a campaign to help get women out of poverty, in their statement. "By establishing Poverty Is Sexist, Bono is making it clear that powerful men can, and should, take on these deep-rooted issues."
Bono himself spoke for the responsibility of men to end sexism. "The battle for gender equality can't be won unless men lead it along with women," he said. "We're largely responsible for the problem, so we have to be involved in the solutions."