Scotland has become the first country to allow free access to menstrual products in public facilities. This is a great victory for the global movement. The Scottish Parliament voted unanimously to pass the Period Products bill on Tuesday.
The bill means menstrual products will be available to access in public buildings across Scotland. This also includes schools and universities. Local authorities and education providers have to ensure these products are available free of charge for those who will need them.
The bill was introduced by lawmaker Monica Lemon who said after the was made that,
This is a signal to the world that free universal access to period products can be achieved.
According to a 2017 survey from Plan International UK, one in 10 girls in the United Kingdom have been unable to afford menstrual products. It also found that nearly half of all girls between the ages of 14 to 21 are embarrassed by their periods, and almost half have missed school because of their periods.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on her official Twitter page,
Proud to vote for this groundbreaking legislation, making Scotland the first country in the world to provide free period products for all who need them. An important policy for women and girls.