A Text Message Will Soon Notify Saudi Women Of Their Own Divorce

08 January, 2019, 02:48 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Starting from Sunday courts will be required to notify women by text on rulings confirming their divorces

The Saudi Justice Ministry has announced that from Sunday onwards, courts will be required to notify women via text about proceedings in which divorces have been finalized, the BBC reported.

The women will be able to view their status via the official website of the Ministry.

"The new measure ensures women get their [alimony] rights when they're divorced", Saudi attorney Nisreen al-Ghamdi told Bloomberg.

While the end of the driving ban was a welcome major step, a number of women's rights activists were rounded up that same month and put behind bars - some of them campaigners for the right to drive.

"At least women will know whether they are divorced or not", Suad Abu-Dayyeh of global human rights organisation Equality Now told Reuters. "It is a tiny step, but it is a step in the right direction".


In June a year ago, women celebrated going behind the wheel for the first time after a decade-old female driving ban was overturned. In recent years, the kingdom has granted women the right to enter sports stadiums and participate in elections for the first time.

Ultraconservative Saudi Arabia is striving to craft a new image - but a number of policies remain unchanged, leaving male relatives in charge of decisions that determine women's lives.

This move is part of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's Vision 2030 project for Saudi Arabia which seeks to reinvent Saudi Arabia as an open and inviting modern nation.

This means they need a male guardian to consent to their basic needs, such as education, work and marriage.

The match, which is set to be held on January 16th in Jeddah, has been hailed by Serie A president Gaetano Micciche as a "historic" match that could drive Saudi women to take up the sport.

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