Episode 1: Unmasking Gendered Poverty

Smallwood is delighted to welcome you to the first episode of Unmasking Gendered Poverty, hosted by Rutendo Ngwena. Each episode of this podcast will shed light on the complexities of gendered poverty and share insights gained from our 138 years of experience supporting women facing financial insecurity.

In this episode, we are joined by Mary-Ann Stephenson – Director of the Women’s Budget Group.

Mary-Ann has been active in the Women’s Budget Group for over twenty years and was appointed as its first Director in 2017. Prior to this role, she was a freelance consultant specialising in women’s equality and human rights and has been Director of the Fawcett Society and a Commissioner on the Women’s National Commission. She is a trustee of Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre and of Just Fair. She has a PhD in Law from the University of Warwick.

Mary-Ann brings her wealth of experience to help us to explore what it takes to have a gender equal economy.

You can listen to Episode 1 on SpotifyAcastApple PodcastsAmazon Music or on our website.

If you’d like to share your responses to this episode, you can continue the conversation with Rutendo at rutendongwena@smallwoodtrust.org.uk.


Unmasking Gendered Poverty is an extension of the Gendered Poverty Learning Programme, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

This initiative represents Smallwood’s dedication to understanding and addressing the root causes of gendered poverty. This programme shifts our focus to understanding the process of change alongside tangible outcomes. By doing so, Smallwood Trust aims to derive actionable learnings and best practices that can positively impact the women’s sector on various levels. Moreover, it empowers our grant partners to confront local systems of injustice and create lasting change for women in their communities.

You can find all released podcast episodes on our Learning Journey page, a dedicated platform for sharing what we have learnt in our efforts to tackle gendered poverty alongside our partners on the frontline.

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