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Welcome to Woopie Town!

November 1, 2023

By John Rieger and Tracie Yang

Tanzila Khan with her original board game, Woopie Town. (Photo: The Asia Foundation)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our guest this week is 2023 Asia Foundation Development Fellow Tanzila Khan, a writer, a disability activist, and a serial entrepreneur whose online business Girlythings.pk, like an Amazon Prime for women’s health, delivers menstrual kits and reproductive health products anonymously and securely to women across Pakistan.

The irrepressible 33-year-old, confined to a wheelchair since birth, has drawn a stream of high-profile guests to her podcast Brain Masala, Pakistan´s first fully accessible video podcast. She has consulted in 19 countries, holding workshops, training sessions, and collaborations, and this fall in London she accepted the first Prince’s Trust Amal Clooney Women’s Empowerment Award for her leadership and service.

Tanzila is the creator of Woopie Town, a new board game in which players navigate the city, and the law, to make money building accessible businesses. Here at InAsia, we were intrigued by the idea of a disability board game where you could get rich—or lose your shirt in court—so we invited Tanzila to show us how to play.

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