Scotland First Country In The World To Make Sanitary Products Free

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Scotland First Country In The World To Make Sanitary Products Free

A study carried out by Plan International UK, has shown that approximately 15% of young women find it hard to afford sanitary products. Other findings of the study reveal that about half of the girls and young women between the ages of 15 - 21 hold negative attitudes toward their period accompanied by feelings of shame and embarrassment.


Overall, the findings of the study point to the real-life issues of stigma and poverty in modern society, and urges for solutions nationwide. Scotland has promptly responded positively to the issues raised by proposing a bill to make Feminine Hygiene Products Free!


Even though they constitute essential goods to all women worldwide, sanitary products cost an average of $10 per month, making them inaccessible to economically disadvantaged groups of the population.


On the 25th of February 2020, Scotland passed the first stage of the proposed bill that would make feminine hygiene products available for free.



In 2018, Scotland also became the first country in the world to introduce free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities. In order to put the plan in motion, Scotland had to dedicate £5.2 million in funding. Several independent businesses have endorsed the government's decision since, by providing period products to their customers for free.


Monica Lennon, member of the Scottish Labour Party and law maker, proposed the Period Products (Free Provision) Bill, and it has already passed its first vote. By passing the law, Scotland will be the first country in the world to provide sanitary products for free to those in need.


In the video from the Scottish Parliament below, we can see the debate prior to the pass of the bill:



Scotland is not the only country that has been fighting for the right of women's access to sanitary products. Other countries include, Columbia, Jamaica, India, Nigeria, Uganda, Lebanon, Kenya, Trinidad, Malaysia, Tobago, Australia, and the United States.


The pass of Scotland's Period Products (Free Provision) Bill has gained a wide range of overwhelmingly positive endorsements:









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