Malaysia recently opened its first women-only coworking space, HelloHERA, in Kuala Lumpur. Its aim is to provide a safe, child-friendly work environment.
“There will be many mothers who would want to use their skills to work, and at the same time, look after their kids,” said Hannah Yeoh, Deputy Women, Family and Community Development minister. “They would like a working space and not just work from home, this will be an ideal spot.”
Yeoh said that a dedicated workspace such as this allows women trustworthy childcare, as well as a safe place for women in general in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
Founder Angie Chin was inspired to open HelloHERA after having trouble finding a working space that was child-friendly.
Chin also said that men were allowed in the coworking space for meetings and when working on projects with members, but women were first priority.