Malala Yousafzai has announced that she is married.
The 24-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner announced her marriage to her partner Asser Malik, a manager for the Pakistan Cricket Board, on Tuesday via Twitter.
The Pakistani activist who was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 after angering them with her campaign for girls’ schooling, said a small service took place at her home in Birmingham and it was attended by family and friends. Pictures showed her in a pink dress, while her partner wore a matching tie.
She wrote; “Today marks a precious day in my life. Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life. We celebrated a small nikkah ceremony at home in Birmingham with our families. Please send us your prayers. We are excited to walk together for the journey ahead.”
Back in July, Malala revealed her thoughts about marriage during an interview with British Vogue.
She said at the time; “I still don’t understand why people have to 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?”
She added; “My mum is like…‘Don’t you dare say anything like that! You have to get married, marriage is beautiful.’”
Malala also revealed that her views on getting hitched began to change after seeing her peers making a lifelong commitment. She said; “Even until my second year of university, I just thought, ‘I’m never going to get married, never going to have kids–just going to do my work.”I’m going to be happy and live with my family forever. I didn’t realize that you’re not the same person all the time. You change as well and you’re growing.”
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