ISTANBUL (Bianet) — The eleventh International Hrant Dink Award was presented on Sunday, September 15 with a ceremony held at the Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
This year’s winners were Nebahat Akkoç, who works tirelessly to raise awareness among women on women’s human rights and opposes male violence and Agnes Kharshiing from India who defends the rights of the poor, women, children and the disadvantaged in the region where she lives and also struggles for environmental rights.
The award ceremony was hosted by Ece Dizdar and featured the musical performances of Maral Ataman, students of Hrant Çizmeciyan and Büyük Ev Ablukada.
As part of the ceremony, the people and organizations from Turkey and from around the world, who raise hope for the future with their actions were saluted with the video ‘Inspirations 2019’.
The International Hrant Dink Award has been granted every year since 2009 on September 15th, which is the birthday of Hrant Dink.
Given the same award in 2018, journalist Murat Çelikkan, the director of the Truth Justice Memory Center in Turkey, granted this year’s award to Agnes Kharshiing working for the rights of poor, women and children in India.