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Update: Great Scott … It’s Free!

December 4, 2020
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Earlier this year, Scotland made the declaration that sanitary products should be free for women—period. But it wasn’t just all talk and no action! On November 24th, the Scottish parliament unanimously passed the Period Products (Free Provision) Bill. What does this mean? Sanitary products will be offered for free in designated public spaces, such as community buildings and pharmacies. With the passing of this bill, Scotland becomes the first country to offer period products to anyone who needs them. While free period products may seem like a no-brainer to women and girls, it’s been a widely discussed topic among many world governments and those fighting for women’s rights. After all, if toilet paper is made available in public restrooms because it is a necessity, why aren’t period products? Monica Lennon, the person who introduced the bill, said that it’s “A proud day for Scotland and a signal to the world that free universal access to period products can be achieved.” Will other countries follow Scotland’s lead? That remains to be seen, but this new law is helping to raise awareness of why free period products are an important aspect of a woman’s rights.