Saudi women to be informed of divorce by text, new law states

World       by Web Desk | Published

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Saudi women will no longer be the last to know they've been divorced.

However, women still remain subject to male guardianship laws.

Women in Saudi Arabia will now be informed via text message if they're being divorced - and the government says it'll help protect them.

Before the new rule, Saudi men were able to end their marriages without telling their wives.

"The new measure ensures women get their [alimony] rights when they're divorced", Saudi lawyer Nisreen al-Ghamdi told Bloomberg. "It also ensures that any powers of attorney issued before the divorce are not misused".

"Saudi courts have started to send such (divorce) notifications. a step aimed at protecting the rights of female clients", the Saudi Ministry of Justice said in a statement on their website.

However, the country's de facto ruler-33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman-has vowed to return the country to a more "moderate" form of Islam through a number of liberalizing economic and social reforms, of which the latest regulations relating to divorce form a part of.

Another football tournament is also the set to take place in the Middle East in Qatar in 2022 with the country doubling the price of alcohol in a so-called "sin tax".

Saudi Arabia has lifted the ban on driving - the only one of its kind in the world - and has loosened many restrictions related to gender mixing and social life.

However, the crown prince's reforms, which include granting women driver's licenses, have been overshadowed by a wave of arrests of women activists in recent months as the kingdom steps up a crackdown on dissent.

Flynas said that the program of male and female flight attendants has attracted about 300 Saudis during the past two years, stressing the observance of working hours and the allocation of uniforms for Saudi female hosts in line with the customs and traditions of the Kingdom.

Saudi women have only just been allowed to get behind the wheel.

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