A Saudi teen who sought asylum abroad vowed to fight for women’s freedom in her public address.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun is in Canada after fleeing abuse in her country. She was granted refugee status and was welcomed by Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland after landing in Toronto on Saturday.
She captured the world’s attention with her tweets from a hotel room at Bangkok’s airport, as she defied her ultra-conservative family.
The Thai authorities initially barred her from travelling on to Australia.
She said she hopes to inspire other Saudi women to be brave and free.
She said in her Tweets she went through physical and psychological abuse at the hands of her family in Saudi Arabia.
After arriving in Canada, speaking in Arabic she said, she will work in support of freedom for women around the world, the same freedom she experienced on the first day she arrived in Canada.
Her family has denied the abuse allegations.
Qunun said, she felt she was reborn having received the love and the warm welcome.
“Tell Canadians that I love them,” she said.