Saudi Arabian women to notified of divorce by SMS

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From Sunday, a new regulation issued by the country's Ministry of Justice will see a court notify women via text message when a divorce decree (or official order) is issued, a Saudi lawyer told Bloomberg. Women will also be able to inquire into their marital status via the ministry's Najiz portal.

Women do not need to appear in court for divorces to be approved in Saudi Arabia. "Some men register divorce deeds at the courts without even telling their wives". "At least women will know whether they are divorced or not".

The move comes as part of a series of social and economic reforms known as Vision 2030 which have been brought in over the last two to three years by Saudi Arabia's 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. "For one, they wouldn't have to pay any proper alimony or grant a woman her monetary rights".

In June previous year, women celebrated going behind the wheel for the first time after a decade-old female driving ban was overturned. Throughout the divorce proceedings, the husband remains the wife's guardian. In addition, a number of women have been in the past few months, the right-Activists arrested.

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"The male guardianship system is a core issue and it must be dismantled", said Abu-Dayyeh.

Family status courts are obligated to ensure that these measures are taken and the women are informed.

Young women wearing the traditional abaya walk past a sign as they help to organize an outdoor educational driving event for women on June 21, 2018 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. "All it allows for is a new technological notification system for what is already a very outdated discriminatory system against women".

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