Human Rights Activist | Social Entrepreneur | Bestselling Author
After escaping a decade of abuse living as a child bride in a forced marriage in Canada and sharing her story, Samra Zafar became a beacon of hope for many people facing exclusion, abuse, and gender-based violence. Now an award-winning international speaker, author, scholar, and entrepreneur, she engages audiences around the world speaking about collective resilience, authentic leadership, inclusive workplaces, youth, human rights, mental health, and more.
In 2017, Zafar wrote an article about her personal experience with abuse for Toronto Life, which became the most-read article in Canada that year. In the same year, she delivered a TEDx talk on the topic, which was named an all-time top 10 talk on gender-based violence. Zafar’s work has since been featured on global media outlets including Huffington Post, Global Citizen, CBC, Global News, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and Yahoo. She has also delivered talks for UNICEF, Yale University, and many non-profits, corporations, and universities across the world.
Zafar recently published her first book, A Good Wife, which instantly became a national bestseller. It was recently acquired by a top Canadian production company to be adapted into a TV series.
A graduate of the University of Toronto with a master’s degree in economics, Zafar earned the highest distinction and more than a dozen awards and scholarships. Today, she is one of the youngest alumni serving as a governor for the University of Toronto. Zafar was recently named a “Top 25 Canadian Immigrant” and is currently a celebrated ambassador for Plan International Canada.