The Parliament in Edinburgh unanimously passed a corresponding bill by Labor MP Monica Lennon on Tuesday evening.
▶ ︎ The Scottish Government needs to set up a nationwide program to provide menstrual products.
▶ ︎ Schools and universities are obliged to offer a selection of these articles in toilets free of charge.
▶ ︎ In the future, other public institutions can also be induced to do so by the government.
“(I am) proud to have voted for this groundbreaking piece of legislation that will make Scotland the first country in the world to provide free menstrual products to those who need them,” tweeted Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon. It is an important measure for women and girls.
The PA news agency quoted Labor MP Monica Lennon as saying that it is a “practical and progressive” bill that is all the more important because of the corona pandemic. “Periods don’t stop because of pandemics, and working to improve access to essential tampons, pads and reusable products has never been more important.”
The draft law obliges local authorities to provide relevant articles free of charge, wrote the BBC. It would be up to local governments to decide what practical arrangements would be made, but tampons and pads would need to be made available “reasonably easily” and with “reasonable dignity”.
In Great Britain, Scotland in particular is regarded as a pioneer in the fight against so-called period poverty. Many do not have enough money for such items and resort to old newspapers, cloth towels and toilet paper during their period. Several schools and universities are already making pads and tampons available there free of charge.