Foreword by Helen Clark -- Acknowledgements -- Prologue -- A good Muslim girl -- The Madrasa -- Dolls and childbirth -- Nina, Shazia and Jahan Ara -- Spreading my wings -- Losing Abba -- My nikah -- Maya -- In Iran -- A good Muslim wife -- The modern-day slave -- Love in the midst of war -- Working on the marriage -- Farewell, Iran -- Through Turkey -- Brick Lane -- Where can I turn? -- Life in the women's refuge -- Maya returns -- Struggle for survival -- Reconciliation in Brunei -- The land of the long white cloud -- Shakti, New Zealand -- Cultural differences -- Shakti finds a home -- At the crossroads -- Different paths, different journeys -- Refuge for migrant women -- Believing in myself -- Discovering dyslexia -- Karamjit Kaur -- An unexpected award -- A new journey -- Being Muslim -- Keeping the faith -- Finding myself -- Epilogue.
Farida Sultana has been working in the area of violence against women for over 17 years. She first became associated with Shakti AID UK as a survivor of violence and then as a volunteer. In 1995 she started Shakti in New Zealand. Farida is an advocate for various migrant and refugee issues, works closely with the wider communities and also serves on various boards in New Zealand. She has one adult daughter. Shila Nair (co-author) qualified and worked as a journalist in India for 15 years before she migrated to New Zealand with her husband. She has since divorced and has requalified as a counsellor. Being a survivor of violence herself, she is a passionate advocate for the cause of violence against women. She has been working with Shakti since 2002.