Episode 4: Unmasking Gendered Poverty

Smallwood is delighted to welcome you to the fourth 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 136 years of experience supporting women facing financial insecurity.

In this episode, we are joined by Rebecca Gill, Chief Executive Officer of ROSA

Rebecca joins us to discuss funding the Women’s sector and voices on the frontline. Rebecca is a proud feminist and is extremely passionate about women’s and girls’ rights which she has championed in jobs in the charity sector as well as in the trade unions, in national and local government over the last twenty-five years. Outside of work Rebecca is a reluctant but persistent runner and she is currently training for her 10th Half Marathon. Rebecca is a born and bred Londoner and lives in northeast London with her partner Matt and their two sons, who are 12 and 14.

You can listen to Episode 3 on SpotifyAcastApple PodcastsAmazon Music or on our website.

As funders in the women’s sector, Rosa and Smallwood worked together on the Women Thrive Fund. The fund was a £1.9m fund delivered as a partnership between Rosa and Smallwood Trust, with funding from the Government’s Tampon Tax Fund. The fund was set up to respond to reports from women’s and girls’ organisations that declining mental health, increased risk of emotional trauma and increased poverty levels are their biggest concerns for women and girls across the UK.

The fund was launched in February 2021 and awarded grants to 70 women and girls’ organisations in August 2021.

You can learn more about the impact of the Women’s Thrive Fund here.

You can also learn about Smallwood Trust’s Policy and Systems Change initiatives here.

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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