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US NewsWomen in Saudi Arabia Will Now Be Notified of Divorce by Text Message

11:55  07 january  2019
11:55  07 january  2019 Source:   time.com

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Women in Saudi Arabia divorced by their husbands will now be sent a text message to inform them of their new status. The move is designed to stop the practice The message will include the divorce certificate number and the name of the relevant court where the women can pick up the documentation.

SAUDI ARABIA — Women in Saudi Arabia divorced by their husbands will now be sent a text message to inform them of their new status. The move is designed to stop the practice of men ending marriages without telling their wives. The Saudi courts started to send such notifications Sunday in

Women in Saudi Arabia will be informed by text message that their marriages have ended under a new regulation aimed at ending the practice of secret divorce, whereby men in the kingdom could unilaterally decide to separate without informing their wives.

The new measure was approved by the country’s justice ministry on Sunday, Agence France-Presse reports citing local media.

“Women… will be notified of any changes to their marital status via text message,” the justice ministry said in a statement run on the Saudi state-operated Al-Ekhbariya news channel. The report added that women could access “documents related to the termination of their marriage contracts” on the ministry’s website.

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A new regulation in Saudi Arabia is set to stop Saudi women from being divorced without their knowledge. Starting from Sunday, courts will be required to notify women by text on rulings confirming their divorces . Local female lawyers suggest the measure will end what are known as secret

    SAUDI ARABIA — Women in Saudi Arabia divorced by their husbands will now be sent a text message to inform them of their new status. The move is designed to stop the practice of men ending marriages without telling their wives. The Saudi courts started to send such notifications

Women in Saudi Arabia Will Now Be Notified of Divorce by Text Message © Fayez Nureldine—AFP/Getty Images SAUDI-POLITICS-ANNIVERSARY 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.

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Women in Saudi Arabia Will Now Be Notified of Divorce by Text Message © Getty Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun in her hotel room on Monday in a screen grab taken from Twitter.

Suad Abu-Dayyeh, Middle East and North Africa consultant for gender rights group Equality Now, called the new measure “a step in the right direction.”

“In most Arab countries, men can just divorce their wives,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation . “At least women will know whether they are divorced or not.”

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New law aims to stop men from ending marriages without telling their wives.

Divorced women in Saudi Arabia will now be notified of their legal marriage status via text message , remedying cases whereby women in the kingdom were left unsure of their marital status. Beginning on Sunday, Saudi courts will be required to notify women on the rulings in their divorce

The measure follows a series of gender liberalization efforts last year under de facto Saudi ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has sought to increase women’s participation in the conservative kingdom’s workforce. Longstanding gender-based prohibitions on driving and entering sports stadiums were lifted, and movie theaters reopened for the first time in 35 years with a screening of Black Panther.

But the government has come under criticism for repression of activists and gender advocates as Mohammad bin Salman sought to quash political dissent. In November, Amnesty International accused the country of torturing and sexually harassing several female activists, some of whom were detained in May while protesting the driving ban.

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