How Co-working is Empowering Pakistani Professional Women
The current situation of female employment in Pakistan is not particularly pleasant. Since it’s largely an agricultural country, Pakistan’s female workforce focuses on crops and livestock to a great extent. The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics stated that women in the country have a literacy rate of just 45.8% (2015 est.) compared to that of men (69.5%). Combined with child marriages, sexual discrimination and social taboos this poses a serious threat to women empowerment.
Developing countries show the highest ratio of female-to-male unemployment rates across income groups, at 1.3 in 2018.
Ref.: Inequalities mar women’s access to labor market by Amin Ahmed 8th March, 2018
Coworking has emerged as a reliable supporter of working women in urban areas. There are many advantages for women who choose coworking as a helping hand for their careers.
A mother’s first priority is always her children. Unfortunately, children do present problems for working mothers so these women need to adjust their schedules appropriately. A child needs constant care and attention. So, working mothers have complicated timetables. Thankfully, co-working allows you to select the hours which fit your requirements perfectly.
A freelancer may mark days on her calendar which suit her and only work on those days. The rest can be spent with her children. When you register for a coworking spot as a freelancer, you will be notified about openings by the website.
Capital is a major concern for every entrepreneur. It’s especially difficult for women who don’t have a steady source of income. Many women don’t have contacts who might lend them money for their new venture. Signing up for a business bank loan usually requires property or assets that are identified as guarantees.
Not every woman owns boxes full of jewelry that may be sold for a new business. When you have a small team and a tight budget, there are several privileges you cannot afford. Coworking allows you to pay for exactly what you utilize; nothing more nothing less. This helps female entrepreneurs save money and invest it elsewhere.
A small team working in close quarter allows the boss and HR to manage it better. Issues related to workplace harassment may be ignored in a large company or go unreported. Coworking has a more intimate setting. Sectioned offices are easily available in coworking so the female staff may work comfortably without much interaction with the male staff.
A woman might love a coworking space that is too big for her staff. The company will reserve empty seats for freelancers. A female business owner with lesser savings has to think carefully about sustainability. There are several spaces available with various price ranges, locations and features. You can select one with fewer features that fits within your budget.
There are some things you can compromise on if you’re running low on funds. There might be some perks you don’t even find attractive for your staff.
Coworking making its way here appears promising for women empowerment in offices.