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Consent's mission is to Prevent, Educate and Eradicate Forced Marriage and Domestic Abuse.


Our Vision

Whilst the majority of Domestic Violence and Forced Marriage related charities offer support and solace to victims; Consent's vision is toPrevent, Educateand eventuallyEradicatethe inexcusable social injustices found in some of our homes.



Consent will work with grass root communities and institutions across the UK through the following activities:


Grass root communities

  • Education and awareness campaign reaching the hard to reach communities
  • Campaign from Mosques, community centres, schools, colleges and universities
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Leaflets and posters campaign
  • Sign post people to appropriate agencies for further support



  • Training for Front line service providers and policy makers so they can provide culturally sensitive programmes
  • Education and awareness campaign for better information amongst policy makers
  • Connecting the service providers with grass root communities

We will focus on combating Domestic Abuse and Forced marriages in the Muslim community. We will promote and encourage healthy attitudes to Family and Relationship and Love and Sex through better Education and Awareness. We cannot do this alone and need your help to put an end to these terrible practices.

Barefoot campaigns are led by a number prominent community leaders and activists including: 

Ajmal Masroor -Ajmal Masroor is a trained relationship counsellor and co-founder of The Barefoot Institute. As a London based Imam, he studied various Islamic disciplines in Islamic schools in his early years with a multitude of prominent scholars both in the UK and abroad. He has completed an MA in Islamic Studies. Ajmal is dedicated to tackling the issues of Forced Marriage, Domestic Abuse and educating the Muslim community on attitudes to relationships. He provides consultancy and support to media and various government agencies on Muslim issues. Ajmal is a broadcaster and regular contributor on national radio and TV programmes, and presents his own programme on the Islam Channel and Channel S.

Saleha Islam: Is part of the Consent team at the Barefoot leading on training and resources. Currently works as a Senior Consultant at NSPCC Safeguarding in Education Service and has extensive experience of working with young people at the grass root. She has worked in social services, family services and as a counsellor. Saleha has extensive experience in working to safeguard people especially vulnerable members of the society. He has tirelessly campaigned against Domestic Abuse of all form and is strongly committed to ensuring the rights on individuals to have the right to choose their life partner. 

Rahima Begum: Is part of the Consent campaign team and a champion. Founder and Co-Director at the ground breaking and one of the most creative young people led charity called the RestlessBeings. She is an illustrator and successful artist whose creativity has brought joy to many people. She has worked extremely hard to providing protection and safeguarding young orphans in developing world. She has campaigned against sexual violence, rape and abduction of street children in Bangladesh and abused women in central Asian countries. 

Julie Siddiqui - Julie converted to Islam in 1995 and is married with four children. She has worked Muslim women issues all her working life including setting up a local women's charity, An Nisa Slough. She has been vice President of Islamic Society of Britain . Julie was a member of the National Muslim Women's Advisory Group and has regularly been interviewed for magazines and newspapers including Woman magazine and The Big Issue.  She worked in local government for two years and has appeared on the BBC programme, The Big Questions. Julie has worked with University of Cambridge in Contextualising Islam in Britain and Narratives of Conversion.  She also is a mentor for the Prince of Wales Charity, Mosaic.

Fahmida Hussain- Fahmida is Campaigns Manager at The Barefoot Institute and currently leads Consent. She graduated in History at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and has held various positions such as Head of Schools Department at The Young Muslims UK and has worked with several small charities and academic societies.



At Consent, we have a team of dedicated advisors who partake in strategic planning and who also set goals and targets for our campaigns. We rely on our advisors to scrutinise the correlation between the work we do and our aims and objectives. Our advisors have a strong interest in the areas we work in and respect the ethos of The Barefoot Institute; if you would like any more information please contact: consent@barefootinstitute.com



Consent is supported by several remarkable individuals who actively engage with our work in the public sphere and echo our mission in various events and media statements. Our champions have a strong commitment to the issues facing Muslim families and have vast experiences in engaging with the community. We train our champions to effectively raise awareness and fight against domestic abuse and forced marriages to the public.

If you are interested in championing our campaigns to your community please send us your CV to consent@barefootinstitute.com

[List of Champions] (Coming soon)


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