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Scotland, first on the planet to introduce free menstrual merchandise

The Menstrual Products Act means that councils and educators will be legally required to provide free products to those who need them.

Since 2017, around £27m has been spent on providing access to such products in public spaces.

The bill was proposed by Labour’s Monica Lennon and was unanimously supported by the Scottish Parliament in 2020.

“I am proud to have pioneered the Menstrual Products Act which is already affecting positive change in Scotland and around the world. Local authorities and partner organizations have worked hard to make the legal right to access free products a reality. I am grateful to them and to the thousands of people who have come on board across the country,” Lennon says.

According to her, it is another major milestone for dignity fighters and local movements that shows the difference that progressive and courageous political choices can make.

He says that as the cost of living crisis deepens, the Act is “a beacon of hope that shows what can be achieved when politicians come together for the benefit of the people we serve”.

Social Justice Secretary Shauna Robison said ensuring access to free products is essential to equality and dignity and removing financial barriers to accessing them.

“This is more important than ever at a time when people are making tough decisions due to the cost of living crisis and we never want anyone to be in a position where they can’t access menstrual products,” adds Robinson.

Robinson stated that since 2018, they have implemented a “revolutionary action by providing free products for pupils and students in all schools, colleges and universities”.

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