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Samra Zafar

Author, Educator, Speaker, Samra Zafar Inc.

Mental health; resilience; gender based violence; violence against women; family violence; diversity, inclusion and equity; racism; anti-racism

Media

The 10 books to read in 2019 based on what you loved in 2018

Toronto woman says memoir explores systemic roots of abusive arranged marriage

How author Samra Zafar escaped 12 years of an abusive arranged marriage and found freedom

I was in an abusive relationship, but my kids suffered as much as I did – maybe more

Biography

Samra Zafar is an award-winning internationally renowned speaker, and bestselling author, who advocates for equity, mental health, and human rights. She has been recognized among the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada and an RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant. Her book, A Good Wife: Escaping The Life I Never Chose, based on her journey of escaping an abusive child marriage to pursue her education and shed light on gender-based oppression, is a national bestseller and named among Washington Post's Top 10 Books and CBC's Best Books of 2019. It will soon being adapted to a premium TV series. She serves as a Governor at the University of Toronto, a Celebrated Ambassador for Plan International, and a board member for Women's College Hospital Foundation. Her work has impacted millions and has been extensively featured in global media. Zafar's speaking portfolio includes three successful TED Talks, and many leading corporations, universities, and nonprofits around the world.

Expertise

  • mental health
  • resilience
  • gender based violence
  • violence against women
  • family violence
  • diversity, inclusion and equity
  • racism
  • anti-racism

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