At our Share the Journey Conference on Saturday 12th May at St Edward the Confessor church Chandler’s Ford SO53 2DU we will be able to hear about the work of one of our CAFOD partners based in Bangladesh called OKUP . Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program (OKUP) is a community-based migrants organisation in Bangladesh which has been campaigning for gender justice, human rights, and non-discrimination towards returning migrant workers since 2004. OKUP has strong networks with communities at high risk of migration in Bangladesh and serves as a platform for migrants to have their voices heard at both national and international levels.
Three members of OKUP Sahkirul Islam, Omar Faruque and Sahmsun Nahar are visiting England in May and they have very kindly agreed to come to our conference on 12th May to tell us about their work and to meet CAFOD supporters. You can book for the conference on eventbrite or email firstname.lastname@example.org..uk
Shakirul Islam is the Chairman of OKUP. Being a son of a migrant worker and the student of Social Science, Shakirul started working to defend the rights and welfare of migrant workers and their families in 2004. He is a social researcher and passionate about raising migrants’ voice within migration discourses from grassroots to international level.
Omar Faruque Chowdhury is the founding Executive Director of OKUP. As a migrant worker he has firsthand experiences of abuse and exploitations in the migration cycle and upon return to Bangladesh he, along with a group of returnee migrants, established OKUP.
Pakhi is a returnee woman migrant worker. She was a domestic worker in Kuwait and then Malaysia. Being a victim of abuse and exploitation, Pakhi has participated in various OKUP activities. She is an elected Member of the OKUP Executive Committee since 2013.