From red / ap
The Scottish Parliament unanimously approved a law that would make menstrual products available free of charge to all women. The country wants to play a leading role.
London – Scotland will provide menstrual products such as tampons and sanitary towels free of charge to all women in the future, thus playing a leading role worldwide. The MEP in the Scottish Parliament voted unanimously late Tuesday night at 121 to zero that all local authorities should provide free access to such products.
MEP Monica Lennon of the opposition Labor Party said the law is practical and progressive, campaigning against so-called period poverty since 2016 and presenting the draft. “Periods do not stop due to epidemics, and working to improve access to essential tampons, pads and reusable products has never been more important.”
Help against “period poverty”
Local Government Secretary Elaine Campbell praised the adoption of the bill as “an important moment for gender equality”.
Rose Caldwell of Plan International, a UK children’s aid organization, said the legislation could soon make Scotland the first country in the world to eradicate “period poverty” once and for all. “The need is no longer that families are under financial stress due to coronovirus restrictions.” A 2017 survey by the aid agency found that 10 per cent of girls and youth aged 14–21 in the UK do not buy menstrual products and 15. The percentage had financial problems to bear them.
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