Yesterday, Scotland passed a bill that makes period products free for anyone who needs them, becoming the first country in the world to do so.
The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill passed unanimously. It requires local authorities and educational facilities to provide free period products in public places, schools, and colleges. The Scottish government estimates this new program will cost about $32 million a year.
The bill includes legislation for making a variety of period products available (pads, tampons, etc.) and easily obtainable in a dignified and discreet manner.
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister, praised the bill's passage.
Monica Lennon, the lawmaker who introduced and championed the legislation last year, also celebrated.
Scotland is proud to be taking a stand against period poverty.
Other countries have also taken strides to combat period poverty. Last year, England launched an initiative to provide free period products in schools, and New Zealand did the same in 2020.