Episode 3: Unmasking Gendered Poverty

Smallwood is delighted to welcome you to the third 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 Holly Chapman.

Holly is Co-Founder and Director of Recruitment and Employer Branding at B-Radical. She also helps to run the organisation’s sister charity, Radical Recruit which supports people furthest from the labour market into meaningful and sustainable income so that they can build better futures for themselves and their families. As a single Mum to two boys and a young widow, having lost her husband to suicide in 2022, Holly uses her platform to speak about her own experiences and how organisations can build working environments that are more welcoming and accessible for those with parental and/or caring responsibilities, as well as the importance of compassionate and trauma-informed leadership.

Smallwood Trust has worked with Radical Recruit as a recruitment partner and in this episode, we discuss disadvantages women face in the labour market with Holly sharing her expertise from supporting women in recruitment.

You can listen to this episode on SpotifyAcastApple PodcastsAmazon Music or on our website.

You can also learn more about how we support women with financial, employability and confidence building through the Women’s Financial Empowerment Fund (WFEF) 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 practice 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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