Saudi women to start receiving divorce notice by text message

Saudi women to start receiving divorce notice by text message

Starting from Sunday, courts in Saudi Arabia will be required to inform women by text on decisions confirming their divorces, BBC reported.

The order was signed by Walid al-Samaani, the minister, but is in line with changes to the status of women over a number... The report added that women could access "documents related to the termination of their marriage contracts" on the ministry's website.

Currently, some men register divorce deeds at the courts without even telling their wives, al-Ghamdi said by phone from Jeddah. "It is a tiny step, but it is a step in the right direction".

And from previous year mothers in Saudi Arabia can retain custody of their children after divorce without filing lawsuits.

But Abu-Dayyeh said knowing about a divorce does not mean a woman will get alimony or the custody of her children.

The move comes as de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman spearheads a so-called liberalization drive in the conservative kingdom, which has some of the world's toughest restrictions on women.

In June a year ago, women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time in decades as the kingdom overturned the world's only ban on female motorists.

It remains significantly easier and more friction-less, under the kingdom's heavily gender-biased laws, for a man to divorce his wife than for a woman to divorce a man.

"It is one of her most basic rights to be informed if the husband divorces her".

But despite limited reforms over the last decade - including opening up sports stadiums and cinemas - Saudi women continue to be repressed by the country's male guardianship system. It controls women in each and every step of their lives.

Despite the new ruling, Saudi women are still unable to do many things such apply for passports, travel overseas, get married and open a bank account without approval from a male guardian, who customarily is her husband, father, brother or son.

"We are the first Saudi national carrier to hire Saudi women in the Air Hospitality Program and the Future Flyers Program", Flynas said.

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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