Activist Malala Yousafzai, the youngest laureate of Nobel Peace Prize who gained international recognition for her activism against the Taliban’s efforts to stop girls from attending school, announced on Instagram she married to Asser Malik, an operations manager for the Pakistan Cricket Board from the city of Lahore, a graduate of Lahore’s renowned Aitchison College and then Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). „Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life. We celebrated a small nikkah ceremony at home in Birmingham with our families,” she wrote. They married in a small religious ceremony at home in central England. Among those to offer their congratulations on Twitter were Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, Jemima Goldsmith and MP Sajid Javid. Her social media channels have also been flooded with messages surrounding her nuptials, with stars including Reese Witherspoon, Greta Thunberg, Melinda French Gates and Chelsea Clinton.
Malala, now 24 aged, graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. The Pakistani women’s rights activist found refuge in the West Midlands after being shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012. Malala signed a multi-year contract with Apple TV+ to produce documentaries and appeared on the cover of British Vogue, continuing her work to improve girls’ access to education. She declared that she wants to inspire women and girls to “make the change that they want to see happen”. Malala and his father established the Malala Fund in 2013, which works to champion the right to free, safe and quality education for girls.