Saudi women to get divorce confirmation by text message

Saudi women are to get divorce confirmation by TEXT message under new rules

Women in Saudi Arabia will now be informed via text message if they're being divorced, the government announced Sunday.

"The new measure ensures women get their [alimony] rights when they're divorced", Saudi lawyer Nisreen al-Ghamdi told Bloomberg.

"Women in the kingdom will be able to view documents related to the termination of their marriage contracts through the ministry's website".

The new regulations could help mitigate the problem of so-called "secret divorces", a phrase used to describe the phenomenon of men ending their marriage without informing their wives. "It is a tiny step, but it is a step in the right direction".

Bin Salman was considered a reformer until the horrific murder last October of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The new measure is said to be part of sweeping reforms driven by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, such as permitting women to drive, attend football matches and work at jobs previously occupied by men.




Guardianship laws are legal codes based on a strict interpretation of Shariah law that ensure women in Saudi Arabia remain a legal dependent.

However there are many things Saudi women continue to be banned from doing without permission from a male guardian, usually a husband, father, brother or son, including applying for a passport, leaving the country, opening a bank account, leaving prison, getting elected surgery and getting married.

"The male guardianship system is a core issue and it must be dismantled".

What can Saudi women still not do?

It controls women in each and every step of their lives. "This system strangles Saudi women", said Abu-Dayyeh.

Pleading her case on Twitter, the woman - who wanted to seek asylum in Australia - said she was trying to flee her family, who subjected her to physical and psychological abuse.

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