“I wasn’t against marriage,” Malala Yousafzai responds to the criticism after getting married

Many people brought back her old Vogue interview where she had shared her doubts around the notion of getting married instead of opting for a partnership.

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The youngest Nobel prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, has responded to the criticism she received after getting married. 

Many people criticized Malala’s choice of marrying early. They brought back her old Vogue interview where she had shared her doubts around the notion of getting married instead of opting for a partnership.

 In a recent interview with the same publication, the 24-year-old has explained her previous stance about marriage and what made the young laureate change her mind.

“‘I don’t want to get married, or at least not until I am 35.’ I heard myself uttered those words – reactionary, half-consciously – many times over the past few years when questioned about the relationship,” Malala penned for the news outlet.

“I wasn’t against marriage; however, I was cautious about its practice. I doubted the patriarchal roots of the institution, the compromises women are expected to make after the marriage, and how cultural norms and misogyny influence laws regarding relationships in many corners of the world. I feared losing my humanity, my freedom, my femininity – my solution was to avoid getting married at all.”

Speaking regarding her partnership comment, Malala shared, “When host Sirin Kale asked me about relationships in my British Vogue cover interview last July, I answered like I had so many times before. Understanding the dark reality many of my sisters face, I found it difficult to think of the notion of marriage. I said what I had so often spoken before – that perhaps it was possible that marriage was not for me.”

 “However, in Asser, I found a best friend and partner. I still don’t have all the answers to women’s challenges, but I think I can enjoy companionship, love, and equality in marriage.”

 Malala tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Birmingham on Tuesday. The activist married Asser Malik, the General Manager High Performance at the Pakistan Cricket Board. 

The newlywed couple took to social media and shared pictures from their small nikkah.

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