Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Saudi women get texts to tell them of divorce

Saudi women get texts to tell them of divorce

Women can also inquire about their marital status through a website and view details of any probate certificates. "It is a tiny step, but it is a step in the right direction".

The new regulations follows a historic end to the country's decades-old ban on female drivers past year and is said to be part of a transformation spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. In these cases, often referred to as secret divorces, women often end up missing out on alimony payments.

Last September the Riyadh-based airline said it would soon start recruiting Saudi women to work as co-pilots.

"Women will be notified of any changes to their marital status via text message", a spokesperson for the justice ministry said in a statement on the state-run Al-Ekhbariya news channel, the Guardian reported.

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Guardianship laws are legal codes based on a strict interpretation of Shariah law that ensure women in Saudi Arabia remain a legal dependent. "It is one of her most basic rights to be informed if the husband divorces her".

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

Furthermore, Bin Salman is pushing to achieve greater female participation in the workforce through a number of strategies, the Financial Times reported.

In November, rights groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch accused Saudi Arabia of torturing and sexually harassing some detained female activists - allegations denied by a Saudi official to Reuters. Visit to see more stories.

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