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Scotland becomes the first country to make sanitary products available for free

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Smrithi Mohan
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Sanitary products to be made available free of cost to the menstruating population of all ages in Scotland after the parliament passed the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill unanimously on Tuesday.

Sanitary products are not a luxury item but a necessity that every person deserves to have access to. And in one of the most positive news of the year 2020, Scotland made history and becomes the first nation to make sanitary products free. The Scottish Parliament unanimously passed legislation on Tuesday to make pads and tampons free of all age groups.

According to Scottish Labour’s health spokeswoman, Monica Lennon, who introduced the bill in April 2019, the goal of the campaign is to eliminate “period poverty” by ensuring that everyone has access to basic sanitary products.

The government, under the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act, will introduce a nationwide program that will place a legal duty on all local authorities to make feminine hygiene products such as tampons and pads freely available. With an estimated cost of £8.7 million pounds a year by 2022, the hygiene products will be made available at nearly all public places including community centres, youth clubs, and pharmacies. Making feminine hygiene products mandatory and accessible for students of all the schools, colleges, and universities.

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