Our Journey

sTandTall was established as a charity in 2017 by Unilever employee Esther Marshall.

“When I was younger I thought I had found someone who loved me. Sometimes he did seem to love me. But at other times – after the drugs and the drinking, he became a different person. He would hurt me to the point that I was scared of him. What happened shook me and shattered my self-confidence to rock bottom.

Esther managed to leave her abusive relationship and recover physically, but the emotional scars remained with her for years.

“For 8 years I was silent about the abuse, and continued to suffer the emotional scars even after the bruises had long faded. I was afraid people would think I was weak.

In 2014 she attended a conference called One Young World, which brings together young leaders from around the world to discuss important and often difficult issues that we as a society are facing. Being in a room with other young people who had overcome adversity gave Esther a new strength and drive to face her own.

“It had a deep effect on me. I couldn’t stop thinking that other people had achieved amazing things and inspired others. I knew I had to do something to help other women and girls who had also gone through abuse.

Esther spent the next years raising awareness, connecting with survivors and fundraising. In 2017, she set up sTandTall, “to help women and girls who have been abused and bullied to get back onto their feet, achieve their full potential and sTandTall again.”

Mission & Vision


A world where violence against women is eradicated, and they feel safe and empowered to lead a quality, happy and independent life.


To help women and girls who have been abused and bullied to find the right support to get back on their feet and sTandTall again.

To focus on prevention, working with individuals across society through education, training, and advocacy.


Asking for help is often the hardest step. sTandTall is one-stop-shop for anyone looking for information on abuse and bullying.

We ensure that any women looking for help online FINDS IT.

We make sure that the information we provide is accessible, accurate, and relevant.

The Team



When I was in an abusive relationship I didn't know where to turn and where to find any information or help. This is the premise of why I have set up sTandTall. I fervently believe in equal rights and work every day to try and make the world a better and safer place for our women and girls.
Project Director


When I met Esther, I was immediately inspired to help her build sTandTall. I’ve worked on various human rights projects in the UK, Brazil, Canada, Thailand and Jamaica, and in recent years been an active advocate in the tech-for-good space. I believe that sharing resources and connecting people is the best way to break the stigma around abuse and help survivors to recover.
Communications Assistant


I met Nanda & Esther whilst I was studying for my Masters in Gender & Sexuality. I have always been passionate about women rights and fighting for gender equality, so when I heard about sTandTall I immediately wanted to get involved. I am incredibly proud to have helped build the Directory, which I hope will help victims/survivors of abuse reach out to get the help they need.



If you provide frontline support for women or girls experiencing any type of abuse or bullying, we’d love to list you on our directory.

Please fill in your details on this form and we will get in touch to register you:

We currently only cover the UK.


Collaboration is a key principle of our work. We believe that sharing resources and working together is a POWERFUL way to bring about change.

We love collaborating with likeminded people and in the past have done joint events, training, campaigns, and media engagements.

If you have an opportunity you’d like to discuss or just want to reach out with ideas for future projects, please email

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