Scotland has become the first country worldwide to make period products free for all women. Local authorities now have a legal duty to provide free items such as sanitary pads and tampons to ‘anyone who needs them.’ These products will be distributed through education providers and councils as the Period Products Act comes into action.
MSPs unanimously approved the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill in November 2020. The bill was introduced by Monica Lennon, Labour MSP, who has been campaigning to end period poverty since 2016. She said, “Local authorities and partner organisations have worked hard to make the legal right to access free period products a reality.”
“This is another big milestone for period dignity campaigners and grassroots movements which shows the difference that progressive and bold political choices can make. As the cost-of-living crisis takes hold, the Period Products Act is a beacon of hope which shows what can be achieved when politicians come together for the good of the people we serve,” Lennon added.