Malala Yusufzai and Asser Malik
24-year-old Malala Yusufzai, who in 2014 became the youngest Nobel laureate in history (she was only 17 years old), got married. She shared the news on her Instagram, posting a photo with her chosen one Asser Malik, general manager of the Pakistan Cricket Council. The wedding was played in Birmingham (UK), where the couple live.
Recall that Malala became known to the whole world at the age of 11, when she started blogging about the life of women and girls in the Swat Valley in north-west Pakistan under the Taliban regime (the organization is recognized as terrorist and banned in Russia). In 2012, Malala was attacked by one of the militants – she was shot in the head. For a long time she was in critical condition, but after a course of treatment in the UK, she managed to recover. Although, as Yusufzai writes, she still has to undergo reconstructive surgeries.
Following the incident, Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik announced that Malala had been awarded the Star of the Order of Bravery. In 2014, she was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for the fight against oppression of children and youth and for children's rights to education”, which she shared with Kailash Satyarthi.
Today is a significant day in my life. Asser and I tied the knot to become partners for life. My families and I held a small ceremony at home in Birmingham,
– wrote Malala, who poses in the photo in traditional clothes.
Malala Yusufzai with Asser Malik and parents
The wedding was also held in accordance with Muslim traditions. Until that moment, little was known about Malala's personal life, but it is reported that she met with Asser since 2019.
Yusufzai continues her human rights work and today remains one of the most famous women activists in the world. She pays particular attention to educational opportunities. Her autobiography “I am Malala”, published in 2013, is also dedicated to this topic. Malala herself received an Oxford diploma in 2020.
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Knowledge is the most powerful weapon. I want to be well armed. Then I can fight and win
– Malala once said.