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Saudi men can no Longer Divorce Their Wives Without Telling Them

Saudi men can no Longer Divorce Their Wives Without Telling Them

Many young Saudis regard his ascent to power as proof that their generation is finally getting a share of control over a country whose patriarchal traditions have for decades made power the province of old men.

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".

Starting from Sunday, the country's courts will be directed to send text messages informing women that their marriages are over.

Saudi Arabia has adopted a new regulation that requires courts to notify women by text message if they've been divorced.

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

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

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The lawyer said the regulation will ensure women are, firstly, aware of their marital status, and able to protect their rights to alimony, or financial support.

Nevertheless, women will continue to be under male guardianship laws.

According to lawyer Nisreen al-Ghamdi, some men now register divorce deeds at the courts without telling their wives.

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.

The country also faces criticism over its male guardianship system, which allows men to exercise arbitrary authority to make decisions on behalf of their female relatives. "This system strangles Saudi women", said Abu-Dayyeh.

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.