Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai, who survived a shooting by a Taliban perpetrator in Pakistan at the age of 15, got married. The activist herself provided information about the marriage on social media.
24-year-old girls’ education activist Malala Yousafzai, who lives in the UK, said she has married a man named Asser in Birmingham. “This is a precious day in my life. Asser and I got together to be partners for life,” she wrote on Twitter.
Laureate of the Nobel Peace Prizeapart from her first name, she did not provide any additional information about her husband. Internet users have identified him as Asser Malik, CEO of Pakistan’s Cricket Board’s High Performance Center, but the Reuters agency has not confirmed the reports.
In July, Malala wasn’t sure if she would ever get married
At age 11, Malala Yousafzai started a blog under a pseudonym, in which she advocated women’s right to education, freedom and self-determination. In 2012, at the age of 15, she was attacked by the Taliban on her way back from school in the Swat Valley, on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
She survived a shot in the head and neck, and after intensive treatment and rehabilitation in England, she continued her education there.
In 2013, the European Parliament awarded her the Sakharov Prize for merits in the fight for human rights. A year later, Yousafzai was the youngest person in history to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
Reuters reported that Malala told British Vogue in July that she wasn’t sure she would ever get married. “I still don’t understand why people have to get married. If you want a person in your life, why do you need to sign papers, why can’t it just be a partnership?” she wondered.
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