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Scotland Becomes First Country to Make Period Products Free

Landmark legislation in Scotland will make it the first country in the world to ensure free universal access to free period products.

Starting from Monday, public institutions like councils and education providers will be required by the law to make period products available free of charge for anyone who is in need, said the Scottish government on Sunday.

“Providing access to free period products is fundamental to equality and dignity, and removes the financial barriers to accessing them,” said Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison.

“We are proud to be the first national government in the world to take such action,” she added.

The Period Products Bill makes it a legal right to have free access to sanitary products in public buildings. The Scottish Parliament first voted unanimously in favour of the Bill in November 2020.

Sanitary products were already free for pupils and students, but the bill placed a legal duty on ministers to ensure anyone can get access to them.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomed the decision at the time.

“Proud to vote for this groundbreaking legislation, making Scotland the first country in the world to provide free period products for all who need them,” she tweeted on her account.

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