Saudia women to get notified of divorce via SMS

Saul Bowman
January 8, 2019

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

Under the new rule issued by the Ministry of Justice, women will now be notified by text message of any change of marital status.

Under the ministerial decisions, the courts will also inform women that their status has been changed to married following their marriage contracts.

"The new measure ensures women get their (alimony) rights when they're divorced", al-Ghamdi said.

"This will put an end to any attempts at cheating or impersonating the identity of women to take control of their bank accounts and property using previously issued powers of attorney", Hindi said.

"This order isn't flawless 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".

"At least women will know whether they are divorced or not", Suad Abu-Dayyeh of global human rights organisation Equality Now told Reuters.


Saudi Arabia's crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman advanced a number of liberal social reforms in the ultra-conservative Kingdom.

Last year, a decades-old driving ban on women was lifted in Saudi Arabia.

In June of 2018, women were officially granted the right to drive in Saudi Arabia, following years of protests.

Having said that, there is a long way to go as many of their rights are still restricted to having a male guardianship system.

"This system strangles Saudi women". "This system strangles Saudi women".

The Saudi government has denied bin Salman's involvement in the killing.

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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