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Tampons and pads are now available for free in Scotland
It’s official: Scotland is the first country to pass the ground-breaking and hopefully trend-setting legislation, The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act, which provides free pads and tampons to those in need.
After being introduced by Parliament member Monica Lennon, the four-year-long campaign was successful in the effort to end period poverty. omen who are unable to afford their required sanitary items will no longer struggle or go without.
Upon announcement of the news, Lennon tweeted “A proud day for Scotland and a signal to the world that free universal access to period products can be achieved”.
An initiative that is estimated to cost $43 million AUD annually, Lennon stated to The Guardian that the positive impact this will have on the women and girls far outweighs any potential financial burden.
“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.”
Meanwhile, in Australia, Victoria has taken similar steps by providing free sanitary products in public schools across the state. Here’s hoping the rest of the country will follow suit soon...