ARLINGTON, Mass. — Rakel Dink, widow of the Hrant Dink, the Armenian journalist shot on the streets of Istanbul in January 2007, will be the special guest at a reception hosted by the Armenian International Women’s Association (AIWA) at the Armenian Cultural Foundation (ACF) on Friday, November 14.
Dink is widely admired for the courage and dignity she has exhibited in the years since her husband was assassinated by a Turkish nationalist in broad daylight in front of his ofﬁce at Agos, the newspaper he had founded in 1996. His funeral brought out an unprecedented number of Armenian and Turkish mourners to the street of Istanbul.
Since that time she has dedicated her life to continuing the humanitarian principles espoused by her late husband.
Rakel Dink will be in the Boston area to make introductory remarks at the Hrant Dink Memorial Peace and Justice Lecture on November 13 at the Yenching Auditorium, Harvard University.
At AIWA’s 5th International Conference in Buenos Aires in 2008, she was presented with a special Humanitarian Award, in recognition of her efforts to advance justice and human rights in the world. She was also the special guest at a reception sponsored by AIWA in Boston in early 2009.