Text alerts for Saudi women getting divorced

Text alerts for Saudi women getting divorced

Text alerts for Saudi women getting divorced

But women are still shackled by a male guardianship system that requires them, according to Human Rights Watch, to receive approval to apply for a passport, travel outside the country, study overseas on a government scholarship, get married or even exit prison.

But this change, part of a series of social reforms being brought in by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Sultan which includes a new right for women to drive cars, should end what are known as secret divorces where men end a marriage without telling their wives.

"At least women will know whether they are divorced or not".

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

Past year a decades-old driving ban on women was reversed, meaning that a Saudi female can now drive down the street while simultaneously receiving a text notification that her husband has left her.

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

But many Saudi women have taken to social media to push from more freedom, including protesting against the country's strict dress codes with women required to wear an abaya - a loose, all-covering robe - when in public.

The country also faces criticism over its male guardianship system, which allows men to exercise arbitrary authority to make decisions on behalf of their female relatives.

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 controls women in each and every step of their lives.

Others have called for the game to be moved due to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi including human rights groups such as Amnesty International. Visit http://news.trust.org to see more stories.

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