Divorce Rising in Saudi Arabia

Nearly one in four marriages in Saudi Arabia ends in divorce. Of the 105,066 marriage contracts registered in 2005, 24,000 ended in divorce. Civil rights activist, Wajiha al-Howeidar said, “It is impossible to have healthy relationships in Saudi Arabia. The laws have given men full authority while women are deprived of their rights and freedom.”

Saudi Arabia is certainly extending greater education to women, but the government refuses to acknowledge that together with education must come opportunities for personal freedom. Saudi Arabia still will not allow women to drive a car. I find it fascinating that so many women in Saudi Arabia will not tolerate being in a marriage in which their rights are denied.