Saudi Ministry of Justice Approves New Protections for Women in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Ministry of Justice issued four important decisions and proposals to limit the abuse of women, including raising the age that a woman is allowed to marry to 17 years old, according to a report in the Middle East Monitor that cited the Saudi daily Okaz.

The Ministry proposed a rule that “permission to marry a girl who is 17 years of age or less” requires the review of a special court and that “the marriage request should be presented by the girl, her legal guardian or her mother,” the report said. They also approved the organization of a fund for divorcees and their children, which is also aligned with the proposal from the Ministry of Justice.

A fourth proposal affects the ability of women to practice law in Saudi Arabia. Per the Middle East Monitor:

“The law diploma, which lasts for three years, ends with granting the trainee or the intern a license to practice law. The programs offered by some lawyers are not linked to any scientific methodology or professional training, causing the trainees to waste both time and money, and making them work on assignments that do not relate to their job.”

The decisions were taken over the last 10 days.