Nashra Balagamwala, a New York based Pakistani designer, has created a board game to spark debate around arranged marriage.
Arranged! released this month, and funded on Kickstarter is a game where three young women strategically try to avoid a matchmaker, and evade an arranged marriage. Balagamwala explains: “using inspiration from my own journey, I created a board game that involves a matchmaker trying to get the teenage girls married off to any and every boy she can find, while they try to run away from her, and a loveless marriage.”
Arranged marriages are still very common in South-Asian societies, and many teenage girls are forced against their will into marrying someone their family has chosen for them.
Although playful in tone, the game does have serious intent. She hopes the game will help other young women realise they can have options such as college and a career. And as well as raising awareness about arranged marriages, the game will raise funds for when Balagamwala leaves the US after her student visa expires to enable her to have an alternative to any potential arranged marriage proposals when she returns to her family in Pakistan.
Buy Arranged! here.