Stereotypes in advertising and the media strongly influence how we see ourselves and others. These stereotypes promote the idea of binary gender (male or female only), and influence our attitudes and our behaviour including how we interact online. These negative images are everywhere sometimes making us feel overwhelmed and unable to control or challenge them.

The idea for STAMP came from on-going sexual violence prevention workshops with young people, aged 12 to 25, in Lanarkshire. During these workshops, a need was identified: how to challenge the messages about gender in the media that they didn’t agree with? The media has a huge part to play in shaping people’s attitudes to sexual violence, and also helps to construct a culture that tolerates and even condones it.

So STAMP was set up with young people for young people to increase awareness of gender inequality in the media and the relationship this has to sexual violence - and provide young people with the skills to challenge the media for themselves. The project is a part of Lanarkshire Rape Crisis, and Lanarkshire Rape Crisis is an organisation that is committed to tackling sexual violence in every form. STAMP also finds positive role models for young people who promote gender equality, diversity and inclusivity through their work and/or fight to challenge sexual violence.

STAMP is a springboard for a new generation: it supports young people to gain experience and confidence in leadership, journalism, writing, editing, photography and public speaking - and to analyse and understand what we see and hear every day in the media. All useful skills for school, college or university or working life.


Hi I’m Hannah, and I’m not afraid of the F-word: Feminism. I’m the Project Coordinator for the STAMP youth group. We created STAMP to be a feminist project for young people of all genders, to take more control over the messages they receive from the media. As part of my job as Sexual Violence Prevention Worker at Lanarkshire Rape Crisis Centre I run workshops in schools. It’s always inspiring for me to meet young people and see them taking a stand against the media putting pressure on us all to behave and look in stereotyped ways. I’m proud to see young people empowered and motivated to fight for social change.


  • STAMP short film with BBC The Social launched!

    April 6, 2017

  • STAMP creates short film with BBC The Social

    March 29, 2017

  • STAMP attends International Women's Day event at Carluke High School

    March 8, 2017

  • STAMP delivers teacher training at Holy Cross School

    Feb. 9, 2017

  • STAMP meets with BBC Social

    Jan. 24, 2017

  • Focus Group

    Jan. 19, 2017

  • Write to End Violence Against Women Awards at Scottish Parliament

    Dec. 6, 2016

  • STAMP documentary Launch

    Nov. 5, 2016

  • STAMP launches harassment survey

    Oct. 1, 2016

  • STAMP wins award at St John Ogilvie Award Ceremony

    Sept. 14, 2016

  • STAMP Summer School with Media Coop

    Aug. 2, 2016

  • Launch of #NotYourGenderStereotype fundraising t-shirts

    July 1, 2016

  • Focus Group

    June 2, 2016

  • Quarterly Newsletter

    Jan. 1, 2016

  • Young Women's Conference

    Dec. 7, 2015

  • STAMP Speaks at Young Voices Scottish Parliament Event

    Dec. 4, 2015

  • Meeting with Nicola Sturgeon

    Sept. 10, 2015

  • Focus Group

    Aug. 18, 2015

  • First Quarterly Newsletter

    July 1, 2015

  • Focus Group

    June 17, 2015

  • University of Glasgow presents - 'Do We Need Feminism'

    June 1, 2015

  • Official Launch Date

    April 24, 2015

  • Focus Group

    April 10, 2015