Big Changes Could Be Happening Very Soon For Women Getting Married in Saudi Arabia

Having banned the practice of forced marriage in 2005, Saudi’s religious and political authorities have turned their focus to equalising the legislation surrounding marriage contracts.

In addition to reviewing and consenting to the contract, Saudi’s new policies will also require women to explicitly state their contentment with their new prospective life partners. Also giving them the opportunity to appoint a guardian throughout the process.

In essence, the move is another step in the right direction for the women of Saudi Arabia. It is ensuring greater visibility and involvement in what could arguably be the most important contract of their lives.


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