India’s para-badminton world champion Manasi Joshi, climate activist Ridhima Pandey, Activist Bilkis Bano, Singer Isaivani made it to the list of BBC’s 100 women in 2020.
“In a year of unprecedented turbulence, this year’s theme is ‘How Women Led Change in 2020’ and celebrates some of the scientists, public health experts, and healthcare workers who have helped us weather the storm of the global pandemic, as well as women from other industries who have all been leaders of change in their own way – from politicians, lawyers and architects to actors, writers, athletes, singers and those who have sought to improve the lives of others in their community,” the BBC said in a statement.
Para-badminton world champion Manasi Joshi’s profile reads- “She is also an engineer and a change-maker and aspires to drive a shift in how disability and para-sports are perceived in India”.
Ridhima Pandey was just nine when she filed a complaint against India for its inaction against the climate change. In 2019, along with 15 other child petitioners, Ridhima filed a lawsuit against five countries at the United Nations.
The 82-year-old Bilkis Bano made heads turn for leading a peaceful protest against the new citizenship law.
Isaivani broke barriers with her Gaana songs.
“To perform on the same stage as other popular male singers can be considered an achievement by itself. Isaivani has successfully broken an age-old tradition, which has led other young female gaana singers to come forward and express themselves,” her citation notes.