"some are exceptional women I hope to meet"
Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot has honoured Bilkis Bano in an Instagram post as one of her ‘personal Wonder Women’.
Gal honoured Bano, claiming that she had inspired her in 2020.
The actress took to Instagram on December 30, 2020, to highlight several women who inspired her.
Some of the women included in Gal post are public figures such as New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Bano was also one of the women credited by Gal.
The Justice League actress captioned the post:
“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.
“Together, we can do wonders! Share your own wonder women with me.”
Bilkis rose to popularity for carrying out a peaceful protest against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh.
After her involvement in the 2020 CAA protests, Bilkis Bano was named among the 100 Most Influential People of 2020 by Time.
In a testimonial written by journalist Rana Ayyub, Bilkis was described as “the voice of the marginalised in India, an 82-year-old who would sit at a protest site from 8 am to midnight.”
Bilkis was quoted saying:
“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.”
The elderly woman made headlines when Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut had posted a fake tweet of her.
In a now-deleted tweet, Kangana had claimed that Bano can be hired as a protestor in the ongoing farmers’ protests in India for Rs. 100 (£1).
“Ha ha ha, she is the same dadi who featured in Time magazine for being the most powerful Indian… And she is available in 100 rupees.
“Pakistani journos have hijacked international PR for India in an embarrassing way.
“We need our own people to speak for us internationally.”
However, the woman identified in the tweet was not Bilkis Bano, and Kangana had been threatened with a defamation case over her statement.
Bilkis had joined the farmers’ protest at Delhi-Haryana’s Singhu border on December 1, 2020.
She had reportedly been removed by the police for her own safety due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bilkis Bano is a phenomenal woman, and well-worth being honoured by Gal Gadot as her ‘personal Wonder Woman’.