The ‘Wonder Woman’ lead actress, Gal Gadot, has honored Bilkis Dadi, the elderly woman who had become a prominent face of Shaheen Bagh’s anti CAA protests for months, earlier this year, and later for the farmer’s protests as well.
Who is Bilkis Dadi?
Bilkis Bano, also known as Bilkis Dadi or Shaheen Bagh Dadi, is an 82-year old Indian activist. She has actively protested against the Citizenship Amendment Act that was passed by the Indian central government, and sat with hundreds of other women under a canopied tent, for over 3 months. She would sit at the anti-CAA/NRC protest site from 8 am till midnight.
Since Gal Gadot’s movie, ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ was released this Christmas, she decided to share a series of pictures of young girls and women who have been a source of inspiration for her, and who she considers being her ‘Personal Wonder Women’
“Saying farewell to 2020, with all my love to #MyPersonalWonderWomen Some are those closest to me – my family, my friends – some are inspiring women I’ve loved discovering, and some are exceptional women I hope to meet in the future,” Gal Gadot wrote in the caption of the post.
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Bilkis Dadi also gained a place in Gadot’s list of her ‘Personal Wonder Women’, along with “Wonder Woman 1984” director Patty Jenkins, US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, Kathrin Jansen, head of vaccine research at Pfizer, and Sofia Scarlet, an activist.
Gadot shared a picture of the senior activist on her Instagram story and wrongly captioned it as “The 82-year-old activist fighting for women’s equality in India showed me it’s never too late to fight for what you believe in.”
Although she later deleted the story, Bilkis Dadi still happens to be a part of her feed.
“I will sit here till blood stops flowing in my veins so the children of this country and the world breathe the air of justice and equality.”- Bilkis, activist.
During the protests last year, Bilkis Dadi was recognized by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of 2020, alongside Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bollywood actor Ayushman Khurrana.
‘With prayer beads in one hand and the national flag in the other, Bilkis became the voice of the marginalized in India, an 82-year-old who would sit at a protest site from 8 a.m. to midnight.’, wrote journalist Rana Ayub
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