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Scotland: The first country to make sanitary products free

Labour MP Monica Lennon introduced the bill with an aim to tackle 'period poverty', which will make period products available to all.

Scotland: The first country to make free sanitary products

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  27 Nov 2020 7:21 AM GMT

Scotland: Sanitary products were made free of cost to all women in Scotland on Tuesday, becoming the first nation in the world to take such a step against 'period poverty'.

The measure makes tampons and sanitary pads available at designated public places such as community centres, youth clubs and pharmacies, at estimated annual cost to taxpayers of 24 million pounds.

The Period Products (Free Provision) Scotland Bill passed unanimously, and first minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon called it 'an important policy for women and girls.'

"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," Sturgeon posted on Twitter.

During the debate, the bill's proposer Scottish Labour MP Monica Lennon, said: "No one should have to worry about where their next tampon, pad or reusable is coming from. Scotland will not be the last country to consign period poverty to history, but we have the chance to be the first."

In 2018, Scotland became the first country to provide free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities.

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