Saudi women to be informed of divorce by text, new law states

Starting from Sunday courts will be required to notify women by text on rulings confirming their divorces

Courts in Saudi Arabia will have to send women a text message if they are being divorced, in another change to the country's conservative social practices.

The new law, that came into effect on Sunday, was seen as a way to end secret divorces and ensure women are fully aware of their marital status so they can protect rights such as alimony.

"Women in the kingdom will be able to view documents related to the termination of their marriage contracts through the ministry's website", the spokesperson added.

"Some men register divorce deeds at the courts without even telling their wives".

"In most Arab countries, men can just divorce their wives", she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Last year, a decades-old driving ban on women was lifted in Saudi Arabia.

The move comes as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has started to give women more rights in the conservative kingdom, which included lifting a ban on women driving previous year.

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In June previous year, women celebrated taking the wheel for the first time in decades as the kingdom overturned the world's only ban on female motorists.

It is hoped that the changes to the law will mean that women are no longer be kept in the dark about their marital status.

What can Saudi women still not do?

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.

Another football tournament is also the set to take place in the Middle East in Qatar in 2022 with the country doubling the price of alcohol in a so-called "sin tax". It controls women in each and every step of their lives.

"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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