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Snog, marry, avoid? Poverty amongst women

May 7th 2020 - Presented by: Helen Cunningham - Host Victoria Winckler Catherine Fookes Natasha Davies

Women’s poverty is hidden by the statistics and their experience of poverty is often different to that of men.  Find out why this matters and what can be done about it at this webinar.

Official measures of poverty assume that resources are shared equally within households. Yet all too often women put their children and partners’ needs ahead of their own, leaving them unable to meet their basic needs. This webinar explores how women’s poverty is shaped not only by their specific experiences of work, social security and high costs but also by their relationships with a partner.

Some of the key topics covered include:

  • how poverty affects women in Wales;
  • the root causes of poverty for women;
  • practical solutions to reduce the risks and impacts of not having enough resources to meet your needs.
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The Presenters:

Helen Cunningham - Host

Helen joined the Bevan Foundation in March 2019 after a period at the European Commission in the department for Regional and Urban Policy.

She holds an MSc in European Governance and Public Policy from Cardiff University. Her thesis research explored the dynamic between EU cohesion policy and Welsh economic development policies and interventions in the Gwent Valleys.

Helen is currently looking at economic resilience, exploring practical solutions to address and improve some of the structural issues at play in local economies of the south Wales valleys.

Helen previously held roles in local government and the third sector, working with Public Service Boards and as an adviser at the National Assembly for Wales.

Victoria Winckler

Dr Victoria Winckler has been the Director of the Bevan Foundation since 2002, establishing it as Wales’ most exciting and innovative think-tank. Victoria is also currently Wales adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Victoria is a leading contributor to public policy in Wales. In the 1990s she developed the proposals that secured EU Objective 1 status for West Wales and the Valleys, in the early 2000s she galvanised the Welsh Government’s actions to tackle poverty and most recently generated robust proposals for new Welsh taxes which are now being taken forward by the Welsh Government.

Victoria frequently gives expert evidence to Assembly Committees, comments in online articles and speaks at a wide range of events. She is currently a member of the Ministerial Tax Advisory Group, and a board member of Traveline Cymru.

Victoria previously held roles at the Welsh Local Government Association, Mid Glamorgan County Council and Cardiff University and has served in public appointments and as a board member of several organisations.

Victoria holds a BA (Hons) in geography, MSc in Town Planning and a PhD.

Catherine Fookes

Catherine joined WEN Wales as Director in 2018. Catherine is responsible for the overall strategic direction of WEN Wales and pushing forward WEN’s vision of a transformed Wales, free from gender discrimination. Her previous role was Campaign Director at the Organic Trade Board where she helped treble the size of the organisation and raised funding of £10m for the organic industry. She has also worked as a Campaigner at ActionAid the Soil Association and Sustain and has sat on various Government boards.

Catherine is passionate about gender equality and has tried to ensure this is at the heart of everything she does both in work and outside of work as a school governor, as a trustee and as an active local campaigner.

Natasha Davies

Policy and Research Lead, Chwarae Teg: Tash oversees the delivery of all of Chwarae Teg’s policy and research work including engagement with the Welsh Government, National Assembly for Wales and UK Parliament, managing research projects and securing new opportunities to influence change.

Tash has a firm understanding of the policy landscape in Wales, particularly in relation to equality, poverty, education and skills and the economy. She is a critical asset of Chwarae Teg, leading the way by translating research into policy recommendations for both the UK and Welsh governments by way of consultations, briefing papers and representing Chwarae Teg at events and public sessions.

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