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Women in Saudi Arabia Will Be Notified of Divorce by SMS

09 January 2019

Women in Saudi Arabia divorced by their husbands will now be sent a text message to inform them of their new status.

Women can also inquire about their marital status through a website and view details of any probate certificates.

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. "It is a tiny step, but it is a step in the right direction".

"In most Arab countries, men can just divorce their wives", she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Lawyer Samia al-Hindi told local newspaper Okaz that it is common for women to file appeals to courts over being divorced without their knowledge.

Apart from this, newly-wed women will also get message notifications of their changed marital status.

The new law came into effect on Sunday and has been lauded as a great way to end secret divorces and to protect women's rights.

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In June past year, women celebrated going behind the wheel for the first time after a decade-old female driving ban was overturned.

"The new measure ensures women get their rights when they're divorced", she said, referring to alimony.

Although many have hailed the Saudi government's reforms, these have been accompanied by a crackdown on dissent with about a dozen female activists arrested.

"This system strangles Saudi women", said Abu-Dayyeh. There is a guardianship system under which women need when making important decisions, the consent of a male relative, for example, if you travel overseas or want to get married.

This represents a significant improvement in women's rights in the country, even though custodianship still goes to the father by default.

Nevertheless, women will continue to be under male guardianship laws.

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Women in Saudi Arabia Will Be Notified of Divorce by SMS