An end to period poverty in Scotland is now a step closer, as a politician launches a groundbreaking bill to make sanitary products free for all women.
Introduced by Scottish Labour MSP Monica Lennon, the legislation would place a duty on Scottish ministers to introduce a universal system of free sanitary products across the country. It would also require all schools, colleges and universities to provide free sanitary products for students.
Following review, these measures could be extended to include other organisations in the future. Lennon told The Big Issue that it is “time for government to take responsibility” for both the health issues and social barriers that women can face.
No one should have to experience the indignity of having to go without vital sanitary products they simply cannot afford
If successful the bill could end period inequality in Scotland, and it has been welcomed by many organisations and charities.
“Period poverty is a human rights issue. Having proper access to sanitary products is an essential element of human dignity and impacts on the ability to access other rights such as education, leisure and cultural activities”, said Bruce Adamson, the Children and Young People’s Commissioner.
— Scottish Labour (@scottishlabour) August 14, 2017