Malala Yousafzai Is Married in England
Malala Yousafzai, who at 17 became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was married in England on Tuesday, more than nine years after she was shot in the head by the Taliban as a teenager.
Ms. Yousafzai, 24, married Asser Malik, a manager for the Pakistan Cricket Board, at a small Islamic ceremony called a nikkah, she said on Twitter. Both of their families attended the ceremony in Birmingham, England.
“Today marks a precious day in my life,” she wrote. “Please send us your prayers. We are excited to walk together for the journey ahead.”
Ms. Yousafzai, one of the world’s most famous advocates for girls’ education, kept the details of her big day private. But she shared a few pictures, including one of her husband signing what appeared to be a marriage contract and another of the pair posing among fall foliage. She wore a pink dress.
Her husband, Mr. Malik, is a manager for Pakistan’s governing body for cricket, according to his LinkedIn page. He graduated in 2012 from Pakistan’s Lahore University of Management Sciences.
Congratulatory messages on social media poured in from around the world. On Instagram, Greta Thunberg and Priyanka Chopra were among the well-wishers. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada said on Twitter that he and his wife hoped the couple enjoyed their “special day”: “We’re wishing you a lifetime of happiness together,” he wrote.
Melinda French Gates said on Instagram: “Congratulations! So happy for you both!”
Tuesday’s wedding came more than nine years after Ms. Yousafzai survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban for criticizing the group’s attempts to prevent Pakistani girls from going to school. At the time of the shooting, she was writing blog posts for the BBC about life under the Taliban in the Swat Valley of Pakistan.
Severely injured in the attack, Ms. Yousafzai was transferred to Britain for medical treatment. She settled with her family in Birmingham, England, in 2013, where she continued her education and became an activist for girls’ education, according to the Malala Fund, an organization she founded.
Ms. Yousafzai graduated last year from Oxford University, where she completed the Philosophy, Politics and Economics degree, one of the university’s most prestigious.
In an August guest essay for The New York Times, she wrote about her fear for Afghan girls attending school under the Taliban’s new rule.