Och Aye: Scotland Are Making Pads & Tampons Free For All The Lasses
Rejoice! Scotland is well on its way to becoming the first country in the world to provide free pads and tampons for all women.
The Period Products (Free Provision) Scotland Bill, proposed by Scottish MP Monica Lennon back in 2017, passed its first vote in Parliament and has been backed by parties across the board, but MPs have been quick to flag that there will be a lot more work to do in reviewing the bill before it’ll be implemented.
Free uni and free tampons? Let me whip out my bagpipes and kilt, because Scotland is calling me. https://t.co/0RS5iLjGIZ
— Blair van der Woodsen (@tosiii17) February 26, 2020
Scotland already provides free period products in schools, colleges and universities, but this new bill will extend access to sanitary products to all women in Scotland, regardless of age or occupation.
The bill proposes providing free sanitary products in community areas like youth clubs and pharmacies, with women using a card or some sort of voucher system to get the products. There’ll no doubt be some changes to this original bill, with some MPs expressing concerns about the cost an iniative like this will take to implement (current estimations have it sitting around the $47.5 million mark, as per the ABC).
Still, the move in Scotland is a significant step forward for period poverty campaigners, who hope to make pads, tampons and the like available to all women – not just those that can afford it. Nice one Scotland, we can only hope our Government will eventually follow suit... although considering the Government still classified pads and tampons as ‘luxury items’ until only two years ago, we doubt period dignity will be achieved for all Aussie women anytime soon.
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