March 4-10, 2018

 Protests in Warsaw, Poland on International Women's Day. || Janek Skarzynski, AP.

Protests in Warsaw, Poland on International Women's Day. || Janek Skarzynski, AP.

World

Women across both Asia and Europe took to the streets to protest the wage gap and gender violence on March 8, 2018, International Women’s Day. In protests reminiscent of the #MeToo movement, women took a stance from Moscow to Islamabad.

Europe

On 5 March, 2018, it became clear that populism has taken its hold on Italy with a victory on the part of the Five Star Movement (M5S). Between the M5S, the Northern League and Brothers of Italy, three far right populist parties of Italy won over 50% of the vote.

Asia

China’s legislation has just passed a historic constitutional amendment that abolishes presidential term limits. The vote was divided as follows: 2,958 in favour, two opposed, three abstentions, and one invalidated. President Xi Jinping will now be able to rule for life. By many, the move is seen as a degeneration into autocracy.

Middle East

The Syrian army has taken over Mesraba, the largest town in Syria’s rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region. In the past three weeks of fighting, over a thousand people have been killed by Bashar Al-Assad’s Russia-backed government forces, including 215 children and 145 women. The take-over is part of a larger strategy wherein the Syrian government makes deals to take occupied territory, in exchange for the safe passage of rebel leaders to other rebel-held areas.