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UK News Scotland becomes first country to make sanitary products free

01:10  25 november  2020
01:10  25 november  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Scotland has become the first country in the world to provide free and universal access to period products after Lennon said: “This will make a massive difference to the lives of women and girls and everyone who Period poverty – the struggle to pay for basic sanitary products on a monthly basis

The legislation would make Scotland the first country in the world to make products like pads and tampons freely available. One member of Parliament cited a 2019 report on the issue suggesting that while many women can afford to purchase their sanitary products , "those who most need the free

Scotland has become the first country in the world to pass legislation making period products freely available to all.

a person looking at the camera: The Period Products Bill was described as a 'practical and progressive' piece of legislation © Getty The Period Products Bill was described as a 'practical and progressive' piece of legislation

MSPs at the Scottish parliament unanimously approved a bill brought forward by Labour health spokeswoman Monica Lennon, bringing in the legal right of free access to items such as tampons and sanitary pads.

Ms Lennon said the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill was a "practical and progressive" piece of legislation, made all the more vital because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Scotland has become the first country to give free sanitary products to females from low-income families in an effort to tackle "period poverty." A Scottish government spokesman said: “The pilot will ensure access to sanitary products for local women in seven regeneration areas of the city and

She said: "Periods don't stop for pandemics and the work to improve access to essential tampons, pads and reusables has never been more important."

The Labour MSP has been working to tackle period poverty since she was elected to Holyrood in 2016.

She said: "On the issue of period dignity, I am beyond proud that Scotland is leading the way and we have moved at a fast pace in a short space of time."

Ms Lennon told MSPs: "We have got here because we have worked together. We have shown that this parliament can be a force for progressive change when we collaborate.

"Our prize is the opportunity to consign period poverty to history. In these dark times we can bring light and hope to the world this evening."

Her bill was passed by 121 votes to zero after winning the support of the Scottish government and the other opposition parties in Holyrood.

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Scottish MPs have backed plans to make products such as tampons and sanitary pads free at designated public places such as community centres, youth clubs and In 2018 Scotland became the first country in the world to provide free period products in schools, colleges and universities.

Scotland's Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell hailed the passing of the legislation as a "significant moment for gender equality".

She said it was a "great privilege to be here today on a day that we will commit to Scotland becoming the first country in the world to legislate to ensure that free period products are available to all who need them".

Ms Campbell added: "This legislation will do much to advance equality and social justice here in Scotland and elsewhere, as other countries seek to follow our path."

Rose Caldwell, chief executive of the charity Plan International UK, said: "In making this world-first commitment, the Scottish government has shown itself to be a pioneer in tackling period poverty, and we hope that nations around the world will follow its lead.

diagram: One in 10 girls in the UK has been unable to afford period products at some point © Getty One in 10 girls in the UK has been unable to afford period products at some point

"With this landmark legislation, Scotland could soon become the first country in the world to eliminate period poverty once and for all, and with household finances under strain from the coronavirus restrictions, the need has never been greater.

"This new law will help to ensure that no girl or woman in Scotland struggles to afford period products."

She added that rollout of the legislation would be "critical", saying: "Period poverty is driven by a 'toxic trio' of issues, which on top of the cost of period products, includes a lack of education and the stigma and shame surrounding menstruation.

"We know, for example, that only a third (31%) of girls in Scotland feel comfortable asking teachers for period products in school.

"That's why, alongside free products, we need education and training for girls, schools and parents to help tackle the stigma and embarrassment around periods as well as the cost."

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