This International Women’s Day, we’re challenging the way things have always looked. Buck the system. See positive change. Envision a brighter future. Donated over 90 000€ EUR to non-profits around the world, including Rêv’Elles in France.
We talked to Founding Executive Director, Athina Marmorat, for a short Q/A about working to inspire, motivate, and support young women.
QUAY: FIRST OF ALL—WHO ARE YOU + WHAT ARE YOU ALL ABOUT?
ATHINA: My name is Athina Marmorat, and I am the founder and director of the French non-profit organisation, Rêv’Elles. I founded Rêv’Elles in 2013 due to the lack of work opportunities for young girls from working-class areas. A 2018 study conducted by the OECD concluded that France is the first country where children’s social origins play a crucial role in their experiences. Therefore, we work on programmes to help young women think bigger, go further, and trust themselves.
Q: THIS YEAR’S INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY OFFICIAL THEME IS CHOOSE TO CHALLENGE. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR YOUR ORGANISATION?
A: When I founded Rêv’Elles, I wanted to create a safe space for young women where they could improve their self-confidence and their capability to act. This year’s International Women’s Day theme “CHOOSE TO CHALLENGE” matches Rêv’Elles’. We want young women to choose a life where they challenge themselves, dare to dream, and get everything they desire. Since 2013, we have empowered more than 700 young women, and we expect to reach thousands more.
Q: WHAT DOES BEING AN ADVOCATE + WHAT DRIVES YOUR DECISION MAKING?
A: It matters to my team and me to set up actions for equal opportunities and the right to dream for young women from disadvantaged areas. I can see myself when I was their age, and I feel concerned about the development stages they go through. We believe that young women are the future of our nation, and the greater our impact, the better we will shape a truly more inclusive and equal world.