Scotland to become first country to make period products free
"Scotland will not be the last country to make period poverty history — but it now has a chance to be the first."
Scotland is set to become the first country to make period products free.
New legislation, expected to be voted in today, will make pads and tampons freely available in public buildings to all women and girls.
The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill is the first of its kind in the world, aiming to tackle period poverty and provide a free right under the law to essential period products.
Scottish Labour MSP Monica Lennon said that the Bill, which she has supported since its inception, is now in its final stages.
"We are in the final miles of a long journey and I am heartened by the support for the Period Products Bill," she said.
"I am optimistic that we will complete that ground-breaking journey today. Scotland will not be the last country to make period poverty history — but it now has a chance to be the first.
"This law will ensure no-one has to go without essential period products. Thanks to a bold grass roots campaign and cross-party support, Scotland has already taken great strides to improve access to period products.
"Legislation is a world-leading opportunity to secure period dignity for all women, girls and people who menstruate."
The campaign to make period products freely available in Scotland has been backed by charities, women's organisations, and other ministers.
The Bill is expected to be voted through today.