Scotland combats 'Period Poverty', becomes first country to make sanitary products free
- Scotland is the first country in the world to make free and universal access to sanitary products for women
- Sanitary products will be made available nearly at all public places
- The goal of the campaign is to eliminate 'period poverty'
Scotland has become the first country in the world to provide free and universal access to sanitary products for women belonging to all age groups after a legislation passed by the Scottish parliament unanimously on Tuesday.
The Scottish Government will introduce a nationwide program which will place legal duty on all local authorities to make feminine hygiene products such as tampons and pads freely available for those who need them, under the Period Products (Free Provision)(Scotland) Act.
Sanitary products will be made available nearly at all public places including community centres, youth clubs and pharmacies, at an estimated cost of 8.7 million pounds a year by 2022. Educational institutions will be made to make sanitary products accessible for students.
Forbes reported, "The goal of the campaign is to eliminate 'period poverty'by ensuring that everyone has access to basic sanitary products, according to Scottish Labour's Health spokeswoman, Monica Lennon, who introduced the bill in April 2019.
She said that it would bring a massive change in the lives of women and girls and everyone who menstruates. There has already been great progress at a community level and through local authorities in giving everyone the chance of period dignity.
This law has been widely praised by several Scottish women's rights groups and politicians. In 2018, Scotland became the first country to provide free feminine hygiene products in all schools and universities.