Know which country has passed a law to provide free menstrual products to women

In Scotland, a law to make menstrual products available for free has come into force. The Scottish government has announced that it has become the first government in the world to legally protect the right to free access to menstrual products as soon as the Period Products Act is enacted.

Under the new law, it has become mandatory for schools, colleges and universities and local government bodies to provide various menstrual products, including tampons and sanitary napkins, in their toilets.

The Scottish government has already spent millions since 2017 to make menstrual products available to educational institutions free of charge, but this has now become a legal requirement since the law came into force. In addition, a mobile phone application has also been provided to help locate the nearest location, such as a local library or community centre, to purchase menstrual products.

Scotland’s Minister of Social Justice Shona Robison said providing free menstrual products is vital to equality and dignity and removes the financial barrier to access to these products. The bill was passed unanimously in 2020. PLC/GT

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