Scotland is the first country in the world to make period products free
Adding further credence to the belief that the only embarrassing thing about Scotland is that they are not (yet) independent from their embarrassing English neighbour, the country of Celtic legends has made history in becoming the first nation in the entire world to make period products absolutely free.
Last night, the Scottish Parliament voted unanimously to introduce a measure which would require all local authorities to ensure that free sanitary products are available to anyone who needs them. The Sanitary Products Bill introduces a legal right of free access to period products in school, colleges, universities and public buildings across the country.
Spearheaded by Scottish Labour MSP Monica Lennon, the vote means that Scotland will be the first country in the world to make access to free period products a legal right, and is a huge step in the fight against period poverty. The politician has now announced she wants to further the work of the bill in not just making period poverty a relic of the past, but addressing the stigma around menstruation by improving period education in Scotland.
In a speech, Monica Lennon paid tribute to the grassroots activists who led the campaign to success, and said she hoped that Scotland would be not an anomaly but a world leader in the move to make access to period products accessible for all.
“Universal access to free period products has become a mainstream campaign,” she said. “We all agree that nobody should have to worry about where their next tampon, pad or reusable is coming from.”