Scotland is the first country in the world to offer sanitary towels, tampons and similar items for free to everyone. In Great Britain, Scotland in particular is seen as a pioneer in the fight against so-called periodic poverty.
Edinburgh (dpa) – In Scotland, sanitary towels, tampons and similar items will be available free of charge in the future.
According to his own statements, Parliament in Edinburgh unanimously passed a corresponding bill by Labor MP Monica Lennon on Tuesday evening.
The Scottish government must establish a nationwide program to provide menstrual products. Schools and universities are required to provide a selection of these items in toilets for free. Other public institutions could also be encouraged to do so by the government in the future.
“(I am) proud to vote 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 it is a “practical and progressive” bill, all the more important because of the corona pandemic. “Periods don’t stop because of pandemics, and working towards better access to essential tampons, pads and reusable products has never been more important.”
In Great Britain, Scotland in particular is seen as a pioneer in the fight against so-called periodic poverty. Many are short on money for such items and resort to old newspapers, cloth towels and toilet paper during their periods. Various schools and universities already provide sanitary towels and tampons there for free.
The bill passed on Tuesday requires local authorities to provide free articles, the BBC writes. It would be up to local authorities to decide what practical arrangements should be made, but tampons and sanitary towels should be made accessible “with reasonable ease” and with “reasonable dignity”.