The Africa Report: 23 January

EWN’s Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news

A Rwandan soldier from the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic. Picture: AFP.

Situation not improving in Central African Republic

A UN genocide specialist says that he is shocked at the level of hatred between Christians and Muslims in the Central African Republic. He adds the 4,000 African troops on the ground, down from the originally planned 6,000 troops, are not sufficient to restore a sense of order

Morocco scraps controversial 'rape marriage law'

The country's controversial rape law was brought to the attention of the public in 2012 after 16-year-old Amina al-Filali committed suicide after having to marry her 23-year-old rapist.

The law was adapted from the Islamic practice of forced marriage, where the loss of a woman's virginity out of wedlock ruins the honour of her family.

The Moroccan parliament has unanimously decided to scrap this law and is reviewing other laws around rape.

Africa experiencing fashion boom

Fashion heavyweight Vivienne Westwood has started a range of 'ethical bags' made in Africa from recycled materials.

The project is supported by the International Trade Center's Ethical Fashion Program of the United Nations and, according to Westwood, the collection is produced "by marginalised groups of women" in Nairobi, Kenya.