Scotland Makes Sanitary Pads Free
Scottish Parliament voted unanimously in favour of the Period Products Bill which makes it a legal right to have free access to sanitary products in public buildings.
On Tuesday 24th November the Scottish Parliament voted unanimously in favour of the Period Products Bill. The passing makes it a legal right to have free access to sanitary products in public buildings. Scotland has become the first country in the world to make period products free. Before the vote Monica Lennon, the MSP who introduced the bill said, “We all agree that no one should have to worry where their next tampon pads or reusable is coming from. Scotland will not be the last country to stop period poverty to history but we have the chance to be the first.” Sanitary products are free for pupils and students in Scotland, but after passing the Bill it will be the responsibility of the ministers to set up a country-wide scheme so that everyone can get access to them.Schools, colleges and universities must also make a range of period products available for free in their toilets. Lennon said that schools should also offer education to pupils to end the stigma of periods.