Scotland Becomes First Country To Make Menstrual Products Free
Scotland allowed free access to the menstrual products, like tampons and pads, becoming the first country in the world to do so. On Tuesday, the Scottish Parliament passed the Period Products bill after the lawmakers voted unanimously in its favor.
The free period products will be available in public places like schools and universities in Scotland. The local authorities, schools and colleges have been asked to make sure that the products are available for free for all.
“The campaign has been backed by a wide coalition, including trades unions, women’s organisations and charities,” Monica Lennon said as quoted by CNN. Lawmaker Lennon had introduced the bill in the parliament last year.
“Scotland will not be the last country to make period poverty history. It is a signal to the world that free universal access to period products can be achieved,” she added.
If the entire women population of Scotland takes advantage of the free menstrual products then it would cost around £8.7 million for each year until 2022. According to the official inequality statistics, close to 20 percent women live under poverty in Scotland.
Most of the women’s rights and equality groups have praised the bill, which received support from the politicians irrespective of the parties.
“Proud to vote for this groundbreaking legislation, making Scotland the first country in the world to provide free period products for all who need them. An important policy for women and girls,” Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in a tweet.
This is not the first time when the nation has done something special for women’s health and hygiene. In 2018, Scotland started to provide free sanitary products to the students at schools, colleges and universities, all funded through a government program.
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