Saudi women to be notified about divorce via SMS

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Saudi Arabian wives can no longer be divorced without their knowledge, after a court ruling came into effect on Sunday requiring courts to notify women by text message of the end of their marriages.

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

Flynas said it would start recruiting Saudi women to work as air hostesses by this month, in a new first while creating new job opportunities for women.

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

Currently, some men register divorce deeds at the courts without even telling their wives, al-Ghamdi said by phone from Jeddah.

The government move comes as part of social and economic reforms known as Vision 2030 being promoted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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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.

Pleading her case on Twitter, the woman - who wanted to seek asylum in Australia - said she was trying to flee her family, who subjected her to physical and psychological abuse.

Women have gained more rights since the crown prince consolidated his power a couple of years ago.

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".

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".

"The male guardianship system is a core issue and it must be dismantled. This system strangles Saudi women", said Abu-Dayyeh. It controls women in each and every step of their lives.

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