Small step

Saudi women will get copies of their marriage contracts

Women seen in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia’s justice ministry has announced that women will now receive copies of their marriage contracts, a right that was only afforded to men until this point.

Going forward, when clerics register a marriage, they must share the contract with the bride “to ensure her awareness of her rights and the terms of the contract,” according to a statement by justice minister Walid al-Samaani.

It’s positioned as a move towards protecting the rights of women in the deeply conservative country. Saudi Arabia only gave women the right to vote in 2015. Saudi women are also not allowed to drive and must be covered from head to toe in public.

Read the full story at the Guardian.

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