Every year since 1980, Glamour has honored incredible girls and women—from actresses and athletes to activists—with its annual Woman of the Year awards. This year, for the first time in the U.S., the magazine will also present a Man of the Year award—and the winner is ONE co-founder, Bono!
Bono is being recognized for his extraordinary leadership and for ONE’s work on Poverty is Sexist, our campaign fighting for girls and women living in extreme poverty—those often hit hardest by the injustice of gender inequality.
This incredible campaign shines a light on the fact that there’s no place on earth where women have as many opportunities as men. As seen in issues of education, nutrition, connectivity, and more, there’s a clear link between poverty and gender—and we want to make that data available to every president and prime minister in the world. By helping to establish Poverty is Sexist, Bono and ONE are united in saying that men can, and should, take on these deep-rooted issues.
In response to this honor, Bono told Glamour, “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.”
“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.’ ”
At a November 14 ceremony celebrating the year in women’s achievements, Glamour will honor Bono, alongside the 2016 Women of the Year winners: Olympic gymnast Simone Biles; Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi; Stanford sexual assault survivor Emily Doe; model and body activist Ashley Graham; International Monetary Fund Managing Director and Lifetime Achievement winner Christine Lagarde; anti-ISIS activist Nadia Murad; designer Miuccia Prada; singer and style icon Gwen Stefani; and actress and activist Zendaya.
You can read more about these women and the full interview with Bono in the December issue of Glamour, which hits newsstands on Nov. 1. To see the honors for yourself, watch the Glamour Awards here.