Scotland is the first country in the world to provide free, universal access to period products after a four-year campaign.
The bill, called The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act, was first introduced by Scottish Labour’s health spokeswoman Monica Lennon, who has been campaigning to end period poverty since 2016. Period poverty is a global issue that affects millions of people who don't have access to sanitary products, menstrual hygiene education, toilets and washing facilities, and even waste management.
Local authorities in Scotland now have a legal duty to provide free period products like sanitary napkins and tampons to anyone who needs them.
Lennon said, "This will make a massive difference to 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."
She added, "It's an important message in the middle of a global pandemic that we can still put the rights of women and girls high up the political agenda."
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