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Saudi women will be told by text if they are divorced

Saudi women will be told by text if they are divorced

The ruling takes aim at divorces registered at courts by men who have not informed their wives that the union is over.

"Saudi courts have started to send such notifications. a step aimed at protecting the rights of female clients, and enhancing digital transformation with more services", officials said.

CNN reports that these text messages include the divorce certificate number and the name of the court where women can pick up the documentation.

Women in the country will also be able to access documents related to the termination of their marriage contracts through the ministry's e-portal, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Lawyer Nasreen al-Ghamdi said Saudi courts regularly receive complaints about impersonating the identity of divorced women.

"It also ensures that any powers of attorney issued before the divorced are not misused".

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

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The new measures have been hailed by the ministry as a positive step to protect the rights of women.

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

The reforms have included women being given the right to drive.

Under the guardianship system, women of any age can not marry without the consent of their male guardian.

Having said that, there is a long way to go as many of their rights are still restricted to having a male guardianship system. It controls women in each and every step of their lives. "This system strangles Saudi women".

However there are still a number of things that Saudi women are unable to do without permission from a male guardian, usually a husband, father, brother or son.

Basically, the reason for this new concept is so that women in Saudi won't be divorced without their knowledge.