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Marie Ricardo appointed director COC Netherlands

Marie Ricardo has been appointed strategic director of COC Netherlands. President Astrid Oosenbrug announced this during the general meeting of COC associations on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020.

"We look confidently to the future with Marie Ricardo as strategic director," said Astrid Oosenbrug. "As a board, we look forward to a pleasant collaboration."

According to Astrid Oosenbrug, the new strategic director is energetic, communicative and has a clear vision for the development of the COC.

Marie Ricardo is happy with her appointment and wants to sit another step toward a more inclusive movement driven by solidarity.

"Acceptance, equal rights, gender equality and non-discrimination go hand in hand. The rainbow community is colorful and diverse," said the new COC director.

"Whether you are black or white, queer or pansexual, lesbian, gay, bi+, transgender or intersex: if we feel connected to each other, together we can end oppressive norms, exclusion and injustice. Then together we can create a reality in which everyone is safe and can live and love in freedom."

Marie Ricardo (b. 1986) has been manager of national programs at COC Netherlands since 2019. She held various project management roles since she joined COC in 2013. For example, she supported LGBT activists in several African and Caribbean countries in strengthening and connecting their movement. She also held board positions at PlanetRomeo Foundation, Pride Amsterdam and until now at Atria.

Marie Ricardo studied Public International Law at the University of Amsterdam and San Francisco State University, and before that Management, Economy & Law at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam.

Marie Ricardo was born in Curaçao, studied in the Netherlands and lives in Amsterdam with her partner Nina.

She succeeds Koen van Dijk who was managing director until September 1. Marie Ricardo will work with a finance director who is currently being recruited.

[Source/Photos: COC NL]

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