by Karin

March 8th is International Women’s Day. This years theme is #BeBoldforChange and the organization calls on us women to help forge a better working world, a more inclusive, gender equal world. International Neighbors adds to this celebration by paying forward one act of kindness.

 In this light I, Karin, would like to tell you a little bit about my first experience with International Neighbors, an organization, which I think contributes to a better, more inclusive world daily. I heard about IN for the first time through An, the wife of a colleague of my husband. I was so happy to hear an organization like IN existed, in this largely segregated society. One thing I missed most from my home country, The Netherlands, was the diversity of people you come in contact with in day-to-day life. It enriches you so much that it is hard to live without. Thanks to all of you special women, I have that feeling, of coming home again. Through International Neighbors I see and talk to women from all over the world on a daily basis. This “coming-home-feeling” was strengthened by small acts of kindness that warmed my heart, like getting a sourdough starter from one of our Neighbors. To celebrate International Women’s day I am going to pay it forward and share the Sourdough Starter with the first neighbor that is interested. Please let me know if you would like to be that Neighbor or share one small act of kindness with one of the Neighbors yourself. Because kindness ends violence and kindness is one of the feminine traits that exceeds gender, language, religion, social standard or any other inequality that exists. In fact, most feminine traits promote inclusiveness and exceed inequality. So let’s celebrate them and display your kindness #beboldforchange #bekindforchange.

Want to know more about feminine and masculine traits? Check this article by Psychology Today. For more info on International Women’s Day, visit internationalwomensday.com.