About Samra

Samra Zafar is an International Speaker, 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.  Today, she serves as the youngest alumni Governor for the University, while pursuing a rewarding career at RBC. Samra’s story and work have been featured in prominent media, including Toronto Life, CTV, CBC, Global News, Yahoo, and many others, collectively reaching tens of millions of people worldwide.


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.