The Saudi teenager who fled her family by escaping on a Thailand-bound plane says her ordeal was 'worth the risk'.
18-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Al-Qunun grabbed international attention last week, after she barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room and begged not to be sent home.
She is now in Canada - after its government agreed to take her in.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SAUDI TEEN RAHAF MOHAMMED AL-QUNUN, SAYING: "I am one of the lucky ones.
I know that there are unlucky women who disappeared after trying to escape or could not do anything to change their reality." Qunun was seeking asylum away from a family she claims controlled and abused her - something they deny.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SAUDI TEEN RAHAF MOHAMMED AL-QUNUN, SAYING: "I want to be independent.
Make my own decisions on education, a career, or who and when I should marry.
I had no say in any of this.
Today I can proudly say I am capable of making all of those decisions." The case has shone a global spotlight on Saudi Arabia's strict social rules and its conservative patriarchal guardianship system, where male relatives take charge of key decisions in a woman's life.
Qunun's bid for freedom has triggered the support of some Saudi women who say they are in similar situations.
Qunun says she wants her story to become a catalyst for change for other Saudi women.