An oppressive public order law that was used to regulate women's behaviour has also been repealed.
Three women tell us why having a mastectomy never made them feel less of a woman.
Health staff cannot afford to work, the government is now firing them amid what some call a "silent genocide".
A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent and beyond.
The pressure on Arsenal manager Unai Emery intensifies as Daichi Kamada's brilliant double earns Eintracht Frankfurt victory at the Emirates Stadium.
They started throwing things during a dispute over the country's wool and mohair industry.
Many people can only afford one meal a day amid an economic collapse, a top UN official says.
Southampton's Morocco midfielder Sofiane Boufal suffers a toe injury after running into a kitchen table at home.
Five-time African champions TP Mazembe of DR Congo announce plans to construct a 50,000 seat stadium next year.
The Nigeria Football Federation puts Super Eagles assistant coach Salisu Yusuf in charge of local team Enugu Rangers
Rwanda's ambitious bid to tackle cervical cancer is inspiring other African countries to follow suit.
Falesi Mwajomba and a group of cervical cancer survivors are encouraging other women to get screened.
The Benin bronze, known as an "okukor", was bequeathed to Jesus College in Cambridge in 1930.
Zimbabwe defender Teenage Hadebe has been unable tot ravel back to his Turkish base as he struggles to get his passport renewed.
The UN mission says it will investigate the killing of a man during protests in the city of Beni.
German Carolin Braun is the first female coach to sit on the bench for Botswana.
Former Cameroon forward Pierre Webo joins Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir as an assistant coach.
The truck landed on the woman's car in the city of Port Elizabeth, leaving her trapped inside.
Egypt's two-time Africa Cup of Nations winner Hany Said retires from football aged 39.
As Islamist militant violence escalates France wants the the rest of Europe to join the deadly fight.