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Tampons and pads will be free across Scotland from tomorrow

Sanitary pads and tampons will be free in Scotland from tomorrow. To alleviate menstrual poverty, menstrual products should be provided free to all who need them from tomorrow.

In 2020, legislation was passed by the Scottish Parliament to make tampons and pads available free of charge. Scotland is the first country in the world to decide to make sanitary pads and tampons free. Through this, the government wants to reduce menstrual poverty, which is a phenomenon where people do not have money for necessities.

“Free access to menstrual products is fundamental to equality and dignity, and ensuring that financial barriers do not stand in the way of accessing those products,” Scotland’s Justice Minister Scona Robison said in a press release. Robison continues: “The rising cost of living is forcing people to face tough choices. We don’t want anyone to find themselves without access to menstrual products.

Special Application Map Distribution Points

A special app was launched earlier this year through which people can always find nearby places where tampons and sanitary towels are distributed. PickupMyPeriod now has over a thousand locations across Scotland.

Since 2018, tampons and sanitary pads are available free of charge in schools, colleges and universities. The schoolgirls were vocal against menstrual poverty and campaigned for free menstrual products under the name Lady Business. They distributed free materials in their own school and talked about the problem in many schools. Following these measures, the Scottish Government previously decided to provide menstrual products in schools.

Free tampons and sanitary pads in other countries

And the new law has inspired other countries to make tampons and pads free. Scotland was followed by New Zealand and South Korea. Since last June, menstrual supplies have been provided free of charge in New Zealand schools.

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