"The lack of written laws governing private life constitutes a major obstacle to women's access to justice," said Yakin Erturk, the U.N.'s human rights expert on violence against women.
In a statement she called on
That would also include a family law on marriage, divorce and minimum age for marriage, said the Turkish sociology professor at the end of a 10-day visit to Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. ally and the world's top oil exporter.
"The need to address women's rights will grow increasingly urgent as the voices of women in Saudi society are heard," she said.
The treatment of women has become an increasing embarrassment for
King Abdullah pardoned the gang-rape victim in December.
Earlier this month the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women called on
Many migrants working as maids in
Erturk said access to education had improved for women but their employment opportunities remain restricted and sex segregation operates in the workplace.
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