How one woman used education to escape an abusive arranged marriage

Caitlin Connelly/The Social
When Samra Zafar was just 16 years old, she was forced to marry a stranger and leave her home in the United Arab Emirates to join him in Canada. Here, in her new country, her life was anything but easy. She endured a decade of abuse, but her fierce desire to earn an education was the key to her escape. 

Not only did Samra get her undergradute degree in economics, she was the first mature student and the first woman of colour to earn the University of Toronto's most prestigious scholarship, which funded her master's degree. And, as if that wasn't enough, she started an organization called Brave Beginnings that helps women who escape abusive relationships. 

You can read more about Samra's story in this profile in Toronto Life magazine, and watch the video clip above as she sits down with the hosts. 
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