Saudi women to get divorce notice by text

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Women in Saudi Arabia will be notified by text message if they are divorced under a new law created to protect them from having their marriage ended without their knowledge, the government said on Sunday.

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

"The new measure ensures women get their rights when they're divorced", she said, referring to 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.

The ruling takes aim at divorces registered at courts by men who have not informed their wives that the union is over. "It is a tiny step, but it is a step in the right direction".

Saudi women will no longer be the last to know they've been divorced.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman recently overturned a ban on women driving, and also ordered movie theaters to reopen again after more than 35 years.

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But Abu-Dayyeh said knowing about a divorce does not mean a woman will get alimony or the custody of her children.

But in tandem with the reforms, the kingdom has seen a wave of arrests of women activists in recent months as it steps up a crackdown on dissent.

However, women still remain subject to male guardianship laws.

The guardianship system has lead to Saudi Arabia considered as one of the most gender-unequal countries in the Middle East.

For example, if a Saudi woman wants to travel overseas, open a bank account or start certain types of businesses, she must get the permission of a male "guardian"-which could be a husband, father, son or brother, the BBC reported".

"The male guardianship system is a core issue and it must be dismantled".

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