Saudia Arabia To Notify Women Of Divorce Via Text Message

Saudia Arabia To Notify Women Of Divorce Via Text Message

Saudia Arabia To Notify Women Of Divorce Via Text Message

The law, which took effect Sunday, was aimed at ensuring that the women's husbands aren't secretly ending their marriages, the Saudi Ministry of Justice said in a news release.

Reuters reported that the new law, which was enforced as of January 6, aims to protect women from secret divorces and enables women to protect their rights, including their right to alimony.

"This order isn't ideal and in no way does it mean that Saudi women were granted their full rights when it comes to divorce but it's a step forward".

According to lawyer Nisreen al-Ghamdi, some men now register divorce deeds at the courts without telling their wives.

Saudi lawyer Nisreen al-Ghamdi said, "the new measure ensures women get their rights when they're divorced".

The text message will include a code giving online access to court papers. "It is a tiny step, but it is a step in the right direction".

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It would be recalled that it was just in June 2018 that women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time in decades as the kingdom overturned the world's only ban on female motorists.

Women have gained more rights since the crown prince consolidated his power a couple of years ago.

Begum added that the male guardianship system in Saudi Arabia makes women dependent on their husbands to travel overseas, change a passport, get a job or engage in any other activity.

This means they need a male guardian to consent to their basic needs, such as education, work and marriage.

"The male guardianship system is a core issue and it must be dismantled", she added. It controls women in each and every step of their lives. "All it allows for is a new technological notification system for what is already a very outdated discriminatory system against women".

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