Saudi women to get divorce confirmation by SMS from courts

Saudi women to get divorce confirmation by SMS from courts

Saudi women to get divorce confirmation by SMS from courts

The initiative came about after concerns a growing number of Saudi men were not telling their wives they were divorced.

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

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

Saudi Arabia's guardianship laws continue to hinder women's rights in the kingdom as they're still required to receive permission from a male, whether it be a son, father, husband, uncle or brother, to make most decisions regarding work, travel, marriage, education and clothing.

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"In most Arab countries, men can just divorce their wives", said Suad Abu-Dayyeh from global rights group, Equality Now. Details of the divorce will be available on the website of the justice ministry and can be accessed only by the divorced woman. In some cases this also led to men impersonating their wives or using previously valid powers of attorney in order to gain control of their ex-wives finances.

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.

A new rule in Saudi Arabia means that women can no longer be divorced by their husbands without their knowledge.

The move comes as part of a series of social and economic reforms known as Vision 2030 which have been brought in over the last two to three years by Saudi Arabia's 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. In addition, a number of women have been in the past few months, the right-Activists arrested. "This system strangles Saudi women".

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