Samra Zafar

Alumni Governor - U of T, Founder - Brave Beginnings, TEDx Speaker


Samra Zafar is an International Speaker, a TEDx Presenter, Human Rights Activist, Scholar, Author and Founder of Brave Beginnings, an upcoming nonprofit organization to help survivors build better lives after escaping oppression or abuse.  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, winning over a dozen awards and scholarships.  Today, she serves as the youngest alumni Governor for the University, while pursuing a rewarding career. 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.

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