Why Coworking Spaces Can Be Ideal for Women Entrepreneurs
Pakistani women work everywhere from toiling in fields to managing projects at corporations. This seems progressive, right? Sadly, the female workforce of the country faces extreme negligence from the government and severe criticism from society. Every aspect from their character to their childcare ability is scrutinized by people.
“If you exclude 50% of the talent pool, it’s no wonder that you find yourself in a war for talent.”
-Theresa J. Whitmarsh,
Executive Director of the Washington State Investment Board
This is the condition of women working as employees. How much worse do you think it is for female entrepreneurs? The truth is hard to digest. Daughters are generally considered bad investments by their parents who are hesitant to pay for their education. “Women are stupid” is a common belief even though they are gifted with a mother’s powerful instinct. “Women are incapable” is another phrase you’ll often hear even though women go through painful deliveries.
This situation implies that people are rarely willing to invest in business proposals presented by women no matter the promise they offer. Collecting capital is a serious hurdle for female entrepreneurs. They have to make every penny count. Coworking solves many of their budget issues. It gives them a furnished office with good facilities. It’s easy to search and book one within your budget possessing the features you desire.
Women are considered homemakers primarily so this position is thrust on them regardless of their personal priorities. A single woman is seen as the one responsible for household chores. When she gets married, she’s expected to look after the home first even if she has no children. This attitude makes it difficult for women to put time and energy into their careers. Women are constantly bombarded with requests for this and that at home. They need a place where work is the only task for them otherwise their progress will be like that of a snail’s.
The lucky women who are “allowed” to work have geographical restrictions set on them. You may use search filters on coworking websites to narrow down your options to a place near your residence. Some women entrepreneurs look for offices near their children’s school for convenient access. This can all be arranged with a quick search and no extra stress.
Almost every Pakistani woman has experienced street harassment at some point in her life. Women are seen as easy targets by thieves, kidnappers, human traffickers, rapists and other criminals. Women have to put limitations on themselves to reduce risk. Coworking gives them the freedom to select places with safer routes and reasonable timings. They want to quickly get to one point from another. Lingering on the road may prove fatal. Women require safe means of transport which aren’t common in every area.
Workplace harassment is a serious concern. Suggestive comments should not be ignored because they can easily transform into sexual abuse. A woman entrepreneur doesn’t just keep herself secure but looks out for female employees too. Coworking is excellent for small teams which gives the owner more control over overseeing daily tasks. It’s hard for offenders to escape in such an office. It empowers the females working there providing them assurance that they can trust the management.
“Some things just cannot wait. Men must stand up now for women’s equality.”
– Rick Goings, CEO, Tupperware Brands
Coworking is a small step in the right direction leading to equality between the genders. It might not appear significant in the big picture but it has the potential to change the lives of women entrepreneurs.