Scotland has become the first country in the world to offer free period products for all
The new law was unanimously passed
MSPs in Scotland have unanimously approved a new law to make period products free for all.
Local authorities are now required by law to ensure that free items such as tampons and sanitary pads are available to “anyone who needs them”.
Labour MSP Monica Lennon introduced the bill to the Scottish parliament, and has been campaigning to end period poverty since 2016.
She said: “Periods don’t stop for pandemics and the work to improve access to essential tampons, pads and reusables has never been more important.”
A survey of more than 2,000 people by Young Scot found that about one in four respondents at school, college or university in Scotland had struggled to access period products.
Currently, tampons, pads and some reusable products are funded in schools, colleges and universities in Scotland. The new bill will ensure they are funded in all public places.
The Tab Edinburgh spoke to Martha, co-founder of Sanitree, a student led campaign group for free period products. She said: “We’re incredibly relieved to see the Bill finally pass stage four.”
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