On Tuesday, Malala Yousafzai announced on Instagram that she had got married. She has posted a few pictures of the ceremony and more on the social media platform. She said that the day marked “a precious day” in her life. She said that she and Asser had “tied the knot to be partners for life.” Asser Malik is a general manager at the Pakistan Cricket Board.
The news come as a surprise to many as in the July 2021 issue of Vogue, which featured her on its cover, the 24-year old Nobel prize winner and activist had expressed doubts about the institution of marriage.
She also said that they celebrated a small “nikkah” (wedding) ceremony. It was a small religious ceremony that took place at her home in Birmingham, England. It was attended by their families. She also asked everyone to send them their prayers. She mentioned that they were “excited to walk together for the journey ahead.”
Congratulations poured in from several world leaders and friends for the young woman, who had endured a lot and come out stronger. Some of them included Tim Cook, the Obamas, Melinda Gates and more. She was also congratulated by friends and peers including Greta Thunberg, Chelsea Clinton and more.
She also received some criticism as it was just over three months ago that she said that she didn’t understand “why people had to get married?” in her interview with British Vogue. She also said questioned the need for signing “marriage papers” and asked why couldn’t it “just be a partnership?”
Malala Yousafzai became well known worldwide after she gave a heartfelt speech at the United Nations after surviving a Taliban shooting in Pakistan. She was 15-years old when she was shot in the head, when she was returning from school as her shooter disapproved of girls getting educated.
She established the Malala Fund in 2013. She was the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 which she shared with Kailash Satyarthi, who is children’s rights activist in India
She has spoken up for girls, once again, after the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan as the country is once again under Taliban rule.