Shaista is a leading Muslim women’s rights activist in Britain and Chair of Muslim Women’s Network UK, which works to improve the social justice and equality for Muslim women and girls. In 2015, she set up its national culturally sensitive helpline, Muslim Women’s Network Helpline. She is and has been a member of various international, national and regional boards and steering groups and is currently a member of the Children’s Commissioner National Inquiry Panel investigation child sexual abuse in the family environment. She delivers training / awareness workshops presentations on child sexual exploitation, forced marriage, honour based violence, female genital mutilation. She has conducted research and authored reports including Unheard Voices: Sexual Exploitation of Asian Girls and Young Women (2013). She was awarded the MBE in 2008 and OBE in 2016.