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Bono to be honoured at Women of the Year awards

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Bono to be honoured at Women of the Year awards

Bono has been named one of Glamour magazine's Women of the Year.

The U2 frontman has been recognised by the glossy publication in honour of his humanitarian work, including the 'Poverty Is Sexist' campaign, which aims to relieve the poverty which discriminates against women on a global scale, but admitted he doesn't think he "deserves" the accolade.

Explaining how he called wife Ali Hewson to break the news, the 56-year-old rocker said: "I asked did she think I deserved it. She wasn't sure. She said I've work to do!

"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."

Despite receiving criticism for the decision to make Bono their first Man of the Year, Glamour's editor-in-chief, Cindi Leive, insists it was "outdated" to only celebrate the achievements of females at their annual ceremony, which takes place this year on November 14 in Los Angeles.

Cindi said: "We've talked for years about whether to honor a man at Women of the Year and we've always kind of put the kabash on it. You know, men get a lot of awards and aren't exactly hurting in the celebration and honours department

"But it started to seem that that might be an outdated way of looking at things, and there are so many men who really are doing wonderful things for women these days. Some men get it and Bono is one of those guys."

As well as Bono, the upcoming Glamour of the Year will also recognise singers Gwen Stefani and Zendaya, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, the founders of the Black Lives Matter campaign, IMF chief Christine Lagarde and

Nadia Murad, the United Nations ambassador who escaped enslavement from Isis.