Today on your show we focus on “Escaping from Abuse–Finding Liberation & Hope”.
Domestic violence (also named domestic abuse or family violence) is violence or other abuse by one person against another in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation. It may be termed intimate partner violence when committed by a spouse or partner in an intimate relationship against the other spouse or partner, and can take place in heterosexual or same-sex relationships, or between former spouses or partners. Domestic violence can also involve violence against children, parents, or the elderly. We hear from a survivor of such abuse – a story that starts of as a child bride forced into an abusive marriage in Canada to self liberation and a global advocate for women’s rights
Samra Zafar is an Award-Winning International Speaker, Human Rights Activist, Scholar, Author and Social Entrepreneur. After escaping a decade of abuse as a child bride in a forced marriage, Samra graduated as the top student at the University of Toronto, receiving several prestigious awards and scholarships. Samra now serves as the youngest alumni Governor for the University, while pursuing a rewarding career at RBC. She lends her voice to advocate for diversity and inclusion, women in leadership, authenticity, girls education, mental health and resilience and other powerful causes. Her extensive speaking portfolio includes two TEDx talks, Amnesty International, WE Day, Women’s Business Network, and major banks and corporations across North America and beyond. Samra founded Brave Beginnings, a mentorship program to support abuse survivors in their journey to build a life of respect and freedom. Samra’s book will appear in bookstores across Canada in 2019.