Introducing SheWorks: Saudi Arabia’s first female-only co-working space
Saudi Arabia has officially opened its first female-only co-working space for remote workers and entrepreneurs. SheWorks was founded by Maha Shirah – a member of the Businesses Women Committee in Riyadh Chamber and the Saudi Coordination Council for Women’s Labour – to facilitate and support the growth of the female workforce in Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom has recently made changes to guardianship, family and labour laws as it aims to increase the female workforce by 8 per cent as part of Vision 2030, an initiative set by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to boost the economy and tap into undiscovered Saudi talent.
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Companies throughout the region have adopted a flexible work schedule in the post-pandemic world with some employees still working remotely long after lockdown. Having a dedicated female-only work space like SheWorks not only eliminates distractions (that is, children wanting to play or your S.O asking where his favourite tie is) but allows like-minded women to share ideas, make connections and grow together. In addition, SheWorks holds workshops and classes for aspiring entrepreneurs and offers advice about start-up businesses and governmental services.
SheWorks is a safe space with all the amenities you would expect from an office: meeting rooms, a lounge, photocopiers, printers, scanners, WiFi, a separate area for meetings held with males and, of course, pink interiors. Remote workers pay monthly to rent the desks and office spaces. Ath Thumamah Road, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Book now
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- Words by Savanna Smith