SHE’D always vowed marriage was not for her because it seemed to go against everything she’d fought for as an activist for the rights of women and girls.
“I questioned its patriarchal roots, the compromises women are expected to make after a wedding,” she says. “I feared losing my humanity, my independence, my womanhood.”
But when fate steps in and Cupid’s arrow hits, everything can change.
Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Peace Prize winner shot in the head by the Taliban at the age of 15 for campaigning for education for women, has fallen in love.
She recently married handsome Pakistani cricket executive Asser Malik in an Islamic ceremony in Birmingham, England, the city where she found refuge after her horrific ordeal.
“Today marks a precious day in my life,” Malala (24) tweeted. “Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life. Please send us your prayers. We are excited to walk together for the journey ahead.”
The couple celebrated with a small nikah, a traditional Islam marriage ceremony, at Malala’s home surrounded by their families.
She was lovely in a pale pink traditional outfit from Lahore, he handsome in a tux. Soon after, Asser tweeted a picture from the ceremony, saying in Malala he’d found a beautiful and kind partner. “I am so excited to spend the rest of our life together.”
According to Malala, the ceremony was a collaborative effort. “Asser’s mother and sister gave me the jewellery I wore. My father booked the food and decorations. My assistants organised photographers and a makeup artist. My three best girlfriends from school and Oxford University took off work and travelled to be there. I put henna on my hands myself, after discovering I was the only one of my family and friends who had the talent!”
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