Malala Yousafzai got married. The young Pakistani activist, winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, said yes to her fiancé Asser Malik, a native of Lahore and General Manager of the Pakistan Cricket Board. Malala herself announced it via social media: “It’s the most precious day of my life: Asser and I got married and we will be together forever”, wrote in support of the photos of the ceremony, which was held in Birmingham, England, and which was attended only by the families of the couple.
It’s the first time Malala and Asser have publicly appeared together, but marriage has been in the air for a few months. Last July, in an interview with British Vogue, the author of I am Malala she had stated that until recently she hadn’t thought she would ever get married: “I simply believed that I would never do it, that I would never have children, that I would do my job and always live with my family. But over time you change, you grow and you start thinking about building a future for yourself».
That future is called Asser and completes an already very satisfying life for Malala, who after having founded in 2013 with her father Ziauddin Yousafzai the Malala Fund, an international non-profit organization that supports girls’ education, this year also created the film and documentary production company Extracurricular.
In 2012, when Malala was only 15, she was the victim of an attack, later claimed by the Taliban, for her commitment to the right to education for girls: Armed men boarded her school bus in Mingora, Pakistan, and shot her in the face. Relocated and rescued in Birmingham, England, Malala continued her civil rights battles after treatment until she became, in 2014, the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Last year, in June, she graduated from Oxford with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.