Scotland Becomes First Country to Make Menstrual Products Free

The Scottish Parliament has unanimously voted to pass a bill that has made menstrual products free for those who need them.

The Scottish Parliament has unanimously voted to pass a bill that has made menstrual products free for those who need them.

The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill has been passed into law, requiring the Scottish government to set up a nationwide system to make menstrual products, such as sanitary pads and tampons, freely available for anyone in need.

The law also states that schools, colleges, and designated public places must have available menstrual products for free.

Member of Scottish Parliament Monica Lennon, who introduced the bill, stated that the aim of the bill is to tackle period poverty, an issue where menstruating individuals do not have access or cannot afford menstrual products.

“A proud day for Scotland and a signal to the world that free universal access to period products can be achieved,” Lennon stated in a tweet after the bill was passed.

According to the bill’s financial memorandum, the measure will cost the government £24 million ($32 million) a year as Scotland has approximately 1.57 million menstruating individuals between the ages of 11 to 55.

In 2017, humanitarian organization Plan International conducted a research that revealed that women and girls in the United Kingdom struggled to have access to menstrual products, mainly due to cost.

Research has also shown that on average, a woman menstruates for about 3,000 days or seven years of her lifetime and that lack of proper menstrual products can negatively impact persona health, affecting work and education.


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