Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Saudi Arabia to notify women of divorce by text message

Saudi Arabia to notify women of divorce by text message

It said women could check their marital status on the ministry's website or visit the relevant court to get a copy of divorce papers.

Under previous statutes, Saudi men could trigger a divorce unilaterally without telling their wives, and women did not need to appear in court for divorces to be issued, according to a 2016 Human Rights Watch report on the country's male guardianship system.

Women in Saudi Arabia will now be informed via text message if they're being divorced - and the government says it'll help protect them.

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. "It is a tiny step, but it is a step in the right direction", she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone. In these cases, often referred to as secret divorces, women often end up missing out on alimony payments.

Saudi women have only just been allowed to get behind the wheel.

A copy of a Justice Ministry circular al-Ghamdi shared said the new service meshes with ministry efforts to keep in step with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030 blueprint for economic and social reforms.

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Guardianship laws are legal codes based on a strict interpretation of Shariah law that ensure women in Saudi Arabia remain a legal dependent.

Saudi women are subject to male guardianship laws.

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.

"We are the first Saudi national carrier to hire Saudi women in the Air Hospitality Program and the Future Flyers Program", Flynas said.

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