The 18-year-old captured the world's attention when she barricaded herself in a hotel room at a Bangkok airport January 5 and used social media to fight off attempts to return her to Saudi Arabia, where she said she'd be killed for renouncing Islam.
Alqunun said she was upset by news that her family had issued a statement saying they disowned her.
Qunun grabbed worldwide attention last week after she barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room to resist being sent home to her family, which denies abusing her. Qunun refused to meet her father and brother, who arrived in Bangkok to try to take her back to Saudi Arabia.
She barricaded herself in a Bangkok airport hotel room and tweeting that she feared for her life if she returned home.
Her situation has highlighted the issue of women's rights in Saudi Arabia, where several women fleeing abuse by their families have been denied asylum overseas and returned home in recent years. "I want asylum." The chief of Thailand's Immigration Police later said she would not be sent anywhere against her wishes.
"She says she feels safe and then another time she says she doesn't feel safe and it's really whatever she's seen on social media", he said. Saudi Arabia retaliated by freezing new trade with Ottawa and forcing many of its students to return to the kingdom. "I was locked in for six months", she said, in Arabic, describing what happened after she cut her hair.
She said she also plans to work in support of freedom for women around the world, "the same freedom I experienced on the first day I arrived in Canada".
She arrived in Toronto on Saturday after Canada agreed to a United Nations request to accept her as a refugee.
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She said she hopes that her story that has garnered global attention will be a catalyst for change in Saudi Arabia.
Alqunun said she felt "like I was born again" when she was met at Toronto airport on Saturday by Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland. "I felt that I could not achieve my dreams that I wanted as long as I was still living in Saudi Arabia". "Today I can proudly say that I am capable of making all of those decisions".
"I decided that I would end my life, before I was forced back to Saudi Arabia", she told ABC.
Getting her a phone was high on the list of errands, along with updating her wardrobe to suit Toronto's climate, said Mario Calla, the organization's executive director.
She says she spent months planning her escape before implementing her risky plan on January 5.
"Where she's staying, a professional security that we've contracted to be there, and we make sure that she is never alone", he told reporters.
The teen's safety remains a top concern, particularly in light of threats she has received on social media, he said.
"But maybe there's a future in politics for her", Calla said.