Scotland to end ‘period poverty’

The Scottish Parliament has passed a bill to provide menstrual products for free to everyone who needs them.

Scotland will become the first country to end ‘period poverty’— the lack of access to menstrual hygiene products due to financial hardship.

The legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament will make pads and tampons freely available to all who need them at designated public places like community centres, youth clubs and pharmacies.

The Period Products (Free Provision) Scotland Bill passed through its first stage with 112 votes in favour, none against and one abstention. Monica Lennon, the bill’s proposer, said passing it would be a “milestone moment for normalising menstruation in Scotland and sending out that real signal to people in this country about how seriously parliament takes gender equality.”

In 2018, Scotland became the first country in the world to provide free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities.

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