About Samra

Samra Zafar is an International Speaker, two-time TEDx Presenter, Human Rights Activist, Scholar, Author and Social Entrepreneur. After arriving in Canada as a child bride in a forced marriage and escaping a decade of abuse, she pursued her education as a single mother, and graduated as the top student at the University of Toronto, receiving over a dozen awards and scholarships.

Samra now serves as the youngest alumni Governor for the University, while pursuing a rewarding career at RBC.

She lends her voice to advocate for human rights issues and empowerment on many prestigious platforms and universities such as Yale University, TEDx, Amnesty International, and WE Day. Samra is the founder of Brave Beginnings, a non-profit organization she founded to support abuse survivors in their journey to build a life of respect and freedom. Samra’s story and work have been featured in prominent media, including Toronto Life, CTV, CBC, Global News, Yahoo, and many others, collectively impacting tens of millions of people worldwide.

Samra’s book is scheduled to appear in bookstores across Canada in early 2019.


Samra Zafar featured on Global News

Featured in Yahoo!

Samra has appeared in several articles and TV interviews including Yahoo! Canada where she promoted education and empowerment, especially among women.

Featured on Toronto Life Magazine

I was 16 when I was forced to marry a stranger and move from the United Arab Emirates to Canada. Over the next decade, I was isolated, humiliated and assaulted. The whole time, I was planning my escape.