Scotland has become the first country in the world to free sanitary products. The period products bill in Parliament was passed by voice vote on Tuesday. Under the law, it has become imperative to provide period products to all public institutions.
Scotland passes period products bill
Scottish Minister Nicola Sturgeon expressed happiness over the passage of the bill. Expressing happiness on Twitter, he wrote, “Feeling proud to vote for unprecedented legislation. Scotland has become the first country in the world to provide period products free of charge to the needy.”
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. An important policy for women and girls. Well done to @ MonicaLennon7 @ClydesdAileen and all who worked to make it happen https://t.co/4lckZ4ZYIY
– Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) November 24, 2020
Two hours long debate in Parliament on the bill
He stated an important policy for women and girls. In a world where women’s periods are rarely debated, the two-hour-long debate in Parliament is extraordinary.
MP Neil Findlay admitted that it was easier to discuss serious health issues with the passage of the bill. He told that now such issues will be discussed in the media or public without any embarrassment and inconvenience.
MP Alison Johnstone asked, “Why is it happening in 2020 that twolight paper is seen as essential but not period products?” The unprecedented move of the government is being lauded on social media.
Wow ..Thats a super thing to do..A first in d world where its most important .. ????????????????#Scotland making Sanitary products free is a great initiative..Total help to underprivileged females … Hope #India follows suit .. ???????? https://t.co/w59SHYq66m
– IamSwarna ???????? (@WarriorrQueen) November 25, 2020
The government has estimated to spend £ 24 million a year as period products become law for all. Two years ago Scotland started providing period products free of cost in schools, colleges and universities.
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