Throughout history, women have sought and created spaces within their communities to support one another, share knowledge, and advocate for their rights. These spaces emerged as a response to the exclusion and marginalization women experienced in male-dominated spheres, and for women to come together when faced with changing engendered roles. Women’s societies, clubs, and organizations emerged, providing physical spaces where women could network, acquire new skills, and collectively work towards their goals. These spaces were often catalysts for social change, empowering women to challenge societal norms and assert their presence in fields traditionally dominated by men.
In my own life, the physical spaces which have fostered my growth are those that provide safety, allowed me to have a voice and provided opportunities for connection and access. As we, at WomHub, have walked the journey with female entrepreneurs, we have found that these spaces provide platforms for empowerment, collaboration, and innovation.
Spaces provide a supportive environment that encourage women to pursue their entrepreneurial aspirations. They offer resources such as training programmes, workshops, and access to mentors. More so, physical spaces create opportunities for face-to-face interactions, allowing women to build relationships, exchange ideas, and form a sense of community, ensuring that women have dedicated environments where they can thrive.
In a hybrid world, we can now call “business as usual” virtual spaces have become instrumental in breaking down geographical barriers and fostering global connections among women entrepreneurs. Online communities, social media platforms, and virtual programmes have transformed the way women entrepreneurs connect, collaborate, and support each other. Virtual spaces provide accessibility, flexibility, and convenience, allowing women to participate in entrepreneurial activities regardless of their physical location. By leveraging virtual spaces, women entrepreneurs can access diverse networks,
and opportunities that transcend traditional boundaries. Whether it be physical or virtual, or even both, spaces create communities - ensuring that the voices, contributions and progress of female entrepreneurs are recognized and amplified in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
At WomHub, we’ve invested in providing spaces to build communities. Communities of entrepreneurs, mentors and innovators who are changemakers and role players in driving our economic growth. Female entrepreneurs like,
Tsholofelo Moagi, founder of Sip-Sum Afrika, Ndilisa Didiza, founder of Kgothatso Innovations and Yolanda Mbanguzi, founder of Zoe Consulting, have made our hubs a home. Their experiences describe our hubs as providing:
Our hubs, are unique and based on WomHub’s experience and understanding of the important role spaces play for women, providing flexibility and consistency that women need to support their business growth. Beyond using the space, we love to create an internal economy of suppliers from our accelerator programmes that provide products and services to ourselves and our partners.
We follow a membership model that:
We are currently open for business in Cape Town and in Johannesburg with plans in place to expand further soon. Watch this space!
It’s not just about building co-working spaces but building community. Find your space in ours – become a member today!