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Illustrious Ways: Bono Named "Glamour" Magazine's First Man of the Year

Bono with ONE organization volunteers and activists (Credit: Sam Jones)Each fall, Glamour selects a variety of notable females to celebrate with its Women of the Year Awards, but for the first time ever, the magazine also has chosen a Man of the Year, and that illustrious honor goes to U2 frontman Bono. The 56-year-old rocker is being recognized for his efforts to fight for the rights and women and girls around the world.

As journalist Christiane Amanpour points out in a new profile of Bono featured in Glamour, among the singer's many humanitarian endeavors is Poverty Is Sexist, a new campaign he launched that focuses on helping the world's poorest women. The initiative seeks to raise awareness about how women in certain areas of the world are less likely than men to have access to food, clean water, education and health; are not allowed to own land; and are not protected from sexual violence. Bono also has helped countless women stricken with AIDS through ONE, the international advocacy organization he co-founded in 2004.

Amanpour, who was a 2005 Woman of the Year honoree, says she thinks Bono "is the perfect choice for this first-time honor because…he's been trying to do good for as long as he's been making music."

Regarding his Man of the Year honor, Bono tells Amanpour, "I'm sure I don't deserve it, but I'm grateful for this award as a chance to say the 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."

The 2016 Women of the Year honorees include No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, model Ashley Graham, actress/singer Zendaya and Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi. The awards ceremony will take place November 14 in Los Angeles.

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posted : November, 1st by Music News From ABC News Radio - Active Rock