Samra Zafar

Meet Samra Zafar

Samra Zafar is an award-winning international speaker, author, scholar, and social entrepreneur. Samra engages audiences around the world, speaking about authentic leadership, resilience, human rights, and youth empowerment. She appears frequently in the media and guest lectures at several universities, including Yale. Her book A Good Wife was named a top-10 read by The Washington Post.


A Good Wife

“A teenage girl is pressured to marry a much older man and move to a foreign land. If you think you know this story, that it is a stereotype, you are wrong. A Good Wife is not the story of an abused woman. This is a memoir of ambition, how the very thing that lured Samra Zafar into an abusive marriage ultimately galvanized her escape and success. With unflinching candour, Zafar dissects the forces constricting her: culture, religion, her parents’ difficult marriage, their uneasy complicity in hers, the intergenerational expectations that shackled her in-laws, even her own naivete. Thorny and surprising, her story is all the more heartbreaking for its complexities. Zafar has penned a rare memoir, a life story worth reading and an emotional roller coaster that will leave you feeling empowered at the end. This is a modern-day fairy tale where the heroine saves her own life.” —SHARON BALA, bestselling author of The Boat People


Instant Bestseller

Shortly after launching in February of 2019, the book became a best seller - securing second place in The Globe and Mails bestselling Canadian Non-Fiction list. The phenomenal response from readers all over Canada can be attributed to the personal and honest tone of the narrative; with one reviewer describing it as “A thoroughly engaging story of strength, feminism, and refusal to conform to societal and familial expectations. I found it difficult to put this book down.


Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award Winner

Samra Zafar has won the prestigious top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award for her activism, for being brave in the face of adversity and hardships, and for showing Canadians that they can achieve what they set their minds to - regardless of their circumstances.


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Known for inspiring audiences globally, Samra speaks on topics related to collective resilience, authentic leadership, inclusive workplaces, youth, human rights, and more.

Find out what keeps you up at night, and what wakes you up every morning. What’s the impact you want to make. What’s the change you want to create. That’s your purpose. Then live it.

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