But despite limited reforms over the last decade - including opening up sports stadiums and cinemas - Saudi women continue to be repressed by the country's male guardianship system.
The Saudi Justice Ministry has announced that from Sunday onwards, courts will be required to notify women via text about proceedings in which divorces have been finalized, the BBC reported.
Until now, men could apply for a divorce without informing their wives, thus avoiding any court oversight of compensation or alimony payments.
According to lawyer Nisreen al-Ghamdi, some men now register divorce deeds at the courts without telling their wives.
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.
The new law will ensure women are fully aware of their marital status and can secure their rights at the time of alimony.
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The bridge has now reopened to road traffic heading east but with speed restrictions in place, police said. Also damaged was the freight train, which was carrying a load that included crates of Carlsberg beer.
Previous year a decades-old driving ban on women was reversed, meaning that a Saudi female can now drive down the street while simultaneously receiving a text notification that her husband has left her.
'It also ensures that any powers of attorney issued before the divorce are not misused'.
The ultra-conservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia is known for being one of the most restrictive countries in the world for women.
The Saudi government has denied bin Salman's involvement in the killing.
But in tandem with the reforms, the kingdom has seen a wave of arrests of women activists in recent months as it steps up a crackdown on dissent.
For example, permission to marry must be granted by a guardian otherwise it won't be recognised by a Saudi court.