Scotland the first country to make menstrual products free

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The Scottish Parliament has announced that on Tuesday, the Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) unanimously passed the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill making it a legal requirement for menstrual products to be free. 

The Bill was first introduced by MSP Monica Lennon.

“Monica Lennon’s aim for the Bill is to tackle “period poverty”, which is when some people who need period products struggle to afford them. She sees these products as a basic necessity and believes that providing access to them is important for people’s dignity,” the Scottish Parliament says.

Business Insider SA reported that the Scottish government will now be responsible for setting up a country-wide scheme that ensures that anyone who needs access to menstrual products will be able to acquire it free of charge. This Bill also gives the government the authority to instruct other public bodies to provide menstrual products for free.

Schools, colleges and universities will be required to have a range of menstrual products freely available in the bathrooms.

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