In Scotland, pads, tampons and similar items should be available free of charge in the future. According to its own statements, the parliament in Edinburgh unanimously passed a corresponding bill by Labor MP Monica Lennon on Tuesday evening.
The Scottish Government must set up a nationwide program to provide menstrual products. Schools and universities are required to offer a selection of these items for free in toilets. Other public institutions can also be induced to do so by the government in the future.
“Periods don’t stop because of pandemics”
“(I’m) proud to have voted for this groundbreaking piece of legislation that will make Scotland the first country in the world to provide free menstrual products to those who need them,” tweeted Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon. It is an important measure for women and girls.
The PA news agency quoted Labor MP Monica Lennon as saying that it is a “practical and progressive” bill, which is all the more important because of the corona pandemic. “Periods don’t stop because of pandemics, and working to improve access to essential tampons, pads and reusable products has never been more important.”
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Scotland is a pioneer in the fight against period poverty
In Great Britain, Scotland in particular is seen as a pioneer in the fight against so-called period poverty. Many do not have enough money for such items and resort to old newspapers, cloth towels and toilet paper during their period. Several schools and universities are already making pads and tampons available there free of charge.
The bill passed on Tuesday obliges local authorities to provide articles free of charge, wrote the BBC. It would be up to local governments to decide what practical arrangements would be made, but tampons and sanitary towels would have to be made accessible “reasonably easily” and with “reasonable dignity”.