Saudi women to be informed of divorce via text message

Saudi women to be informed of divorce via text message

The new measure was approved by the country's justice ministry on Sunday, Agence France-Presse reports citing local media.

And from today, courts must notify women of their marital status via text in an effort to put an end to secret divorces. Women will also be able to access divorce documents through the ministry's website, state-run news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.

In a statement to StepFeed, Saudi women's rights activist Nouf said that even though the recently passed ruling isn't flawless, it's still a step in the right direction.

"At least women will know whether they are divorced or not", Suad Abu-Dayyeh of global human rights organisation Equality Now told Reuters. So women are allowed to drive since June the vehicle, they were also admitted for the first time in sports stadiums. "It also ensures that all does not need to be granted before the divorce, powers of attorney, miss".

At present, it is a casual practise in the Kingdom that Saudi men file for divorce without bringing it into the knowledge of their wives.

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The move comes as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has started to give women more rights in the conservative kingdom, which included lifting a ban on women driving previous year.

The guardianship system has contributed to making Saudi Arabia one of the most gender unequal countries in the Middle East.

The reforms have included women being given the right to drive.

Saudi women are subject to male guardianship laws.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, named heir to the throne in June 2017, has pushed an economic plan, known as "Vision 2030", that aims to boost the female quota in the workplace from 22 percent to 30 percent by 2030.

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