Joan Mary Ferrier
14 December 1953
|Died||8 March 2014 60) (aged|
Ferrier was born as the daughter of Johan Ferrier, the first President of Suriname, and of Edmé Vas, a teacher. She was the older sister of the politician Kathleen Ferrier, and was the younger half-sister of the authors Cynthia McLeod and Leo Ferrier.
Ferrier studied remedial education at the Rijksuniversiteit Utrecht. Ferrier wanted to return to Suriname, however the 1980 Surinamese coup d'état prevented her return, and she started to work for the Sociaal Agogisch Centrum of the Burgerweeshuis (orphanage) where she eventually coordinated two shelter homes for Moroccan children. Besides, she was a teacher for transcultural pedagogue and scientific employee at the University of Amsterdam. When four emancipation organisations for women decided to merge in 1997, Ferrier became the director of the new Instituut voor Gender en Etniciteit in 1998, which later was renamed E-Quality, and is nowadays part of Atria.
Ferrier was a member of the board of Ombudsvrouw Amsterdam, Technika 10, Young Women's Christian Association and the Nationale Commissie voor Internationale Samenwerking en Duurzame Ontwikkeling (NCDO). She also was the initiator and board member of Stichting Johan Ferrier Fund.
In 2011 Ferrier was knighted Order of Orange-Nassau for her contributions to emancipation, and ethnic diversity.