Human Interest Malala Yousafzai Celebrates 'Silver Jubilee' with Birthday Tributes from Husband, Michelle Obama and More "You light up every room you enter and I feel privileged that I get to see that up close," Malala Yousafzai's husband Asser Malik wrote in honor of her 25th birthday By Maria Pasquini Maria Pasquini Associate Editor, Human Interest - PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 13, 2022 01:48 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Malala Yousafzai and Asser Malik. Photo: Asser Malik/Twitter Happy Birthday, Malala Yousafzai! As she turned 25 on Tuesday, the human rights activist received a number of warm tributes from loved ones and world leaders. "Happy Birthday to the most entertaining, thoughtful and beautiful person in my life," husband Asser Malik wrote on Twitter alongside a pair of sweet photos of the couple. "You light up every room you enter and I feel privileged that I get to see that up close," he added. In another touching tribute, her father Ziauddin called the Nobel Peace Prize winner "the morning star in our lives" and encouraged her to "keep rising and keep shining." Malala Yousafzai Hopes Her British Vogue Cover Helps Every Girl 'Know That She Can Change the World' Hillary Clinton also praised Yousafzai for using "her voice to lift up others." "If @Malala can continue to find new ways to champion women and girls everywhere, so can we all," Clinton wrote. Added Melinda French Gates, "Here's to many more years of breaking down barriers for women and girls—and inspiring us all while you do it." RELATED VIDEO: Malala Yousafzai Is Married! Activist Shares First Photos from Ceremony: 'Partners for Life' Highlighting the impact the education activist has had on girls around the world, Michelle Obama shared a number of stories of young women from the Obama Foundation's Girls Opportunity Alliance. "In my community, many girls don't finish school. My parents encouraged my education, but there were times when I felt my dreams slipping away," said a young woman from Uganda, according to one of Obama's Tweets. "Malala gave me an example of strength and determination to take inspiration from," the young woman shared. "I'm proud to say I graduated." Added another young woman from New York, "Malala proved that one girl's voice can change the world. Since she did it, it makes me believe that I can too." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. In recognition of her milestone birthday, the activist encouraged others to show their support by joining her in the fight to make sure girls everywhere have access to the education they need. "It's my silver jubilee so @MalalaFund put together a list of 25 ways to take action for girls' education," she wrote on Twitter. "I would be so grateful for your support." Born in Mingora, Pakistan, Yousafzai was 15 when a Taliban gunman boarded her school bus and shot her in the face in 2012. Despite the injury, she never stopped fighting for girls education, going on to win the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 17. "Eight years after she received the #NobelPeacePrize @Malala continues to stand up for girls' rights to education," the official Twitter account for the esteemed prize wrote in honor of her birthday, going on to share a special message she wrote when she visited the Nobel Institute in Norway back in 2014. "I will continue my fight for the education of every child," she wrote in the message, adding, "I will not stop until I see every child in school."