U2 frontman Bono is the first man ever to be named in the list of Glamour Magazine’s annual ‘Women Of The Year’.
The ‘With Or Without You’ icon has been praised for his activism and work to push for gender equality and empowering women throughout the world. His most recent campaign is ‘Poverty Is Sexist’ – designed to help the world’s poorest women gain access to food, clean water, education, and health care, as well as cival and human rights and protection from sexual violence.
“I’m sure I don’t deserve it,” he told Glamour of the honour. “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.”
Speaking of why other males may be reluctant to fight for women’s issues, Bono added:“Men can be a bit thick, and I include myself. Honestly, things that ought to be obvious sometimes are not.
“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. To quote Nelson Mandela, ‘It always seems impossible—until it’s done.’ ”