Scotland has become the first country in the world to make period products free for everyone. With the passing of the Period Products Act, local authorities now have a legal obligation to provide free items, such as tampons and sanitary pads to “anyone who needs them.” Councils and education providers will distribute free tampons and sanitary pads.
Period dignity campaigners,” grassroots movements, and politicians came together to set this game-changing precedent. With the ongoing cost of living crisis, “period poverty” is on the rise. This is when low-income women can’t afford or access suitable period products. According to Georgie Nicholson, of social enterprise Hey Girls, a lot of mothers have to sacrifice period protection so they can feed their children. Some even have to resort to “newspaper stuffed into socks or bread…because they’re cheaper than period products.”
With the spotlight on the US, given the US Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe vs. Wade and concerns surrounding the distribution of contraception, this new law supporting women in Scotland is a breath of fresh air!