Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai Married: A Precious Day in My Life

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Activist and Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai (24) has tied the knot with her partner in the British city of Birmingham. In 2014, Yousafzai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for women’s rights under Taliban rule.

 

The Taliban have threatened her for years for this, and at the age of 15, the activist was even shot in the head by a Taliban fighter.

The Nobel laureate herself announced on Twitter that her wedding day was a “precious day” in her life: “Asser and I tied the knot to become partners for life. We celebrated a small nikah ceremony at home in Birmingham with our families. We are excited to walk the journey that lies ahead together.”

Activist and Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai (24) has tied the knot with her partner in the British city of Birmingham. In 2014, Yousafzai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for women’s rights under Taliban rule. The Taliban have threatened her for years for this, and at the age of 15, the activist was even shot in the head by a Taliban fighter.

The Nobel laureate herself announced on Twitter that her wedding day was a “precious day” in her life: “Asser and I tied the knot to become partners for life. We celebrated a small nikah ceremony at home in Birmingham with our families. We are excited to walk the journey that lies ahead together.”

Yousafzai has been campaigning for women’s and children’s rights for many years. As an 11-year-old, she wrote under a pseudonym about the Taliban’s takeover of power in Pakistan’s Swat Valley in 2007. Since then, girls have been excluded from education there, and countless other human rights have been violated.

Her indictment of the Taliban regime made Yousafzai the target of a targeted attack at 15. Taliban fighters had broken into the school bus on its way to her home and shot her in the head and neck. The activist miraculously survived the deadly attack.

After her recovery, she moved with her family to the British city of Birmingham, where she tied the knot with her partner yesterday. Yousafzai only gave her husband his first name, but it would be Asser Malik, the Pakistan Center for Cricket Players manager.

However, Yousafzai had previously expressed her doubts about the marriage. In an interview with Vogue in July, she said: “I still don’t understand why people get married. If you want to have a person in your life, why do you have to sign marriage papers? Why can’t it just be a partnership?”

Her Pakistani followers, in particular, could not really appreciate her statements about the marriage. In Pakistan, Islamic wedding traditions are an important part of society. Partly because marriage, in addition to a commitment between partners, is also seen culturally as an alliance between their families.

Despite the controversy, thousands of people have taken to Twitter to wish the couple well.

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