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.
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.
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.
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.