Conflict & Justice

Palestinian Women No Longer Need Husband's Permission for a Divorce


Hekmat Bessiso says she's suing her ex-husband for the right to see her 6 year-old son for 24 hours every week. (Photo: Matthew Bell)

Palestinian women just won some new freedoms.

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They can now initiate divorce proceedings against their husbands.

Before, Muslim women in the West Bank had to get their husbands' consent for a divorce.

The World's Matthew Bell reports from Ramallah.