Scotland is becoming the first nation in the world to make sanitary products free for the people who need them. Scottish government unanimously voted to make it a law and the major reason behind this is to end the “period poverty“. According to American Medical Women’s Association– “Period poverty refers to the inadequate access to menstrual hygiene tools and educations, including but not limited to sanitary products, washing facilities, and waste management.”
Scotland’s initiative of ending period poverty
On November 24th Scottish Parliament tweeted a post in their official Twitter page, which stated that “The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill has been passed unanimously by MSPs.” There were many people who reacted to this post by liking it, retweeting or by writing comments. The comment section had mixed feedback on the new Bill. On one hand there were many people who praised the Scottish Government and Monica Lennon MSP in support of the bill, while on one other hand, many people backlashed the Bill. I personally believe that this is a great initiative by Scottish Parliament. Sanitary products are basic necessity for women every month. In my view sanitary products fall under need, not want. So, sanitary products should be easily accessible to women who need them.
According to the Bill passed, the Scottish Government should set up a Scotland-wide scheme to allow women who need period products to get them free of charge. Schools, colleges and universities must make a range of period products available for free, in their toilets for the faculty and students. Besides this, Scottish Government is being granted the power to make other public bodies provide period products for free.
Kudos to Scottish Parliament and Monica Lennon for introducing this bill!!!
Period Poverty- A worldwide issue
Period poverty is a worldwide issue and it should be resolved. Women around the world don’t deserve to suffer mentally and physically due to stigma around periods and lack of available products. All the other nations should be inspired by Scotland’s initiative of ending period poverty. And, work on improving women’s health by making basic sanitary products easily available.
Support ending Period Poverty
If you are in support of ending Period Poverty or want to get more information on Period Poverty go over the Pamphlet provided by AMWA. You can also write a letter to the Congress and sign a petition to end Period Poverty by scanning the QR Code provided.
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