Saudi women Can Now get their divorce confirmation via text!

Saudi women Can Now get their divorce confirmation via text!

Saudi women Can Now get their divorce confirmation via text!

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

The new measure was approved by the country's justice ministry on Sunday, Agence France-Presse reports citing local media.

Under Saudi Arabia's law, men can unilaterally divorce their wives, but women lack the same right; a man does not need to notify his wife of any intent to separate; and mediators and judges listening to divorce cases are conservative men.

"In most Arab countries, men can just divorce their wives", Suad Abu-Dayyeh, of the human-rights group Equality Now, told Reuters.

Only recently was a royal decree reversed whereby divorced women would automatically lose custody of their children to their husbands.

"The new measure ensures women get their [alimony] rights when they're divorced".

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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.

A decades long ban on female driving was lifted on June 24, while Saudi has also awarded licences to its first female pilots this year. "For one, they wouldn't have to pay any proper alimony or grant a woman her monetary rights".

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.

Despite small steps such as allowing women to drive, campaigners say the main sticking point remained Saudi Arabia's guardianship policy, where women must have permission from a male relative to work, travel, marry, and even get some medical treatment.

"The male guardianship system is a core issue and it must be dismantled", she added.

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