3. HelloHERA: Women-first
Any gender segregated space is always going to get a lot of side-eye (think of women’s only gyms or train cabins), and unfairly so. But that’s not what HelloHERA is. Recognising the need for coworking spaces to cater to the specific needs of working women and mothers, HelloHERA opened in January in Q Sentral in a launch attended by Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh.
This female-first, child-friendly space sets itself apart from other coworking venues by providing a dedicated space for female workers and entrepreneurs to network. It’s also one of the quaintest of the lot, fitting only 30 people at any one time. HelloHERA features an open concept of hot desks, where members are free to sit wherever they want throughout the day.
But this isn’t a space where men are banned. That wouldn’t be feasible for the collaborative nature of work, says founder Angie Chin-Tan. Men are allowed in, but priority is given to women when it comes to seating and passes – which are available on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Children too are allowed to accompany their mothers to work for a minimal fee.
The priority of HelloHERA, after all, is not to shield women from men, but to provide women with a space designed to allow their business ideas and work lives flourish.
A: Unit BC-3 & 3A, Level 31, Q Sentral, Jalan Stesen Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 10 am – 6 pm (Monday to Friday)