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Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai announces her marriage

Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Prize laureate known for fighting for access to education, has married her partner Asser Malik.
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Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize winner, appears at the Cricket World Cup opening party along The Mall in London, on May 29, 2019. Yousafzai announced her marriage on Twitter, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

LONDON, UK — Nobel Prize laureate and education activist Malala Yousafzai announced her marriage on Twitter on Tuesday. The 24-year-old Pakistani human rights campaigner who was shot by the Taliban for daring to want an education posted images on Twitter of her celebration on Tuesday with Asser Malik and her family.

“Today marks a precious day in my life,'' Malala wrote. “Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life. We celebrated a small nikkah ceremony at home in Birmingham with our families. Please send us your prayers. We are excited to walk together for the journey ahead.''

Yousafzai was targeted by the Taliban for her relentless objections to the group’s regressive interpretation of Islam that limits girls’ access to education. She was shot while returning home from school in Pakistan’s scenic Swat Valley in 2012.

Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 along with India's Kailash Satyarthi “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education," the Nobel Prize website said.

She traveled to the English city of Birmingham for medical treatment and her family eventually joined her. She went back to school as soon as she could but kept campaigning for the right to an education for others. She graduated from Oxford in June, 2020.

Her Twitter feed was flooded with expressions of goodwill.

"Congratulations, Malala and Asser! Sophie and I hope you enjoyed your special day - we’re wishing you a lifetime of happiness together," tweeted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Travis Pittman contributed to this report.

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