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Scotland Is About To Make History As The First Country To Make Feminine Hygiene Products Free
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Scotland Is About To Make History As The First Country To Make Feminine Hygiene Products Free

A study performed by Plan International UK has shown that 15% of girls have struggled to afford feminine hygiene products in the UK. Furthermore, the study has revealed that nearly half of girls aged 14-21 in the UK are embarrassed by their periods. This research has demonstrated that period poverty and stigma are real problems that need to be addressed. That’s exactly what Scotland is making history by introducing a bill to make sanitary napkins and other items free country-wide.

Scotland has just approved the first stage of the bill that would make period products completely free

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The Period Products (Free Provision) Scotland Bill, which was introduced by Monica Lennon, has already passed its first vote. If the bill becomes law, the government will be responsible for ensuring that free feminine products are available to those in need. The groundbreaking bill is set to make Scotland the first country in the world to make menstrual hygiene products free.

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On average, period products cost around £8 ($10) each month, making them unaffordable for those living on a very low income.

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“These are not luxury items. They are indeed essential and no one in Scotland should have to go without period products,” the Scottish lawmaker Monica Lennon said.

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Two years ago, Scotland became the first country in the world to make period products available for free in schools, colleges, and universities. The government provided £5.2 million in funding to support this.

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Some local businesses have also joined the cause, with many pubs and restaurant owners providing sanitary products free of charge.

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Several countries around the world are fighting period poverty by making sanitary items tax-free. This includes a dozen states in the US and countries such as Columbia, Kenya, Malaysia, Canada, Australia, India, Uganda, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Nigeria, Lebanon, and Trinidad and Tobago.

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The UK has not been able to remove a 5% tax due to European Union rules. Nonetheless, the government has been donating the “tampon tax” to support women’s organizations and charities.

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kathryn stretton
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2 years ago

Well done Scotland. Also read on Bored Panda today about the free baby boxes in Finland. Amazing. Also read about the parents in US who had their house liened by the hospital after their baby spent 27 hours there and the bill wa $175,000. What are you doing, America???

kathryn stretton
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2 years ago

Also, baby died.

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Beamer Alert
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2 years ago

Just a friendly reminder that NATURE DOESN'T CARE whether our fellow human beings can afford their periods or not. But we should. Someone compared this to razors for men, but I don't see it as apples-to-apples. If you can't afford a razor, the worst case scenario is.. you'd have a beard. Not quite the same level as walking around looking like a murder scene for a quarter of every month. Furthermore, you can use the same darn electric razor for 5-10 years, and I wouldn't advise doing that with sanitary products. And of course you can decide at any time to not shave, but people can't just f***ing unsubscribe from their periods.

Annie Deppolder
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2 years ago

I love you

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Pamela24
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2 years ago

Congrats, Scotland!

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kathryn stretton
Community Member
2 years ago

Well done Scotland. Also read on Bored Panda today about the free baby boxes in Finland. Amazing. Also read about the parents in US who had their house liened by the hospital after their baby spent 27 hours there and the bill wa $175,000. What are you doing, America???

kathryn stretton
Community Member
2 years ago

Also, baby died.

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Beamer Alert
Community Member
2 years ago

Just a friendly reminder that NATURE DOESN'T CARE whether our fellow human beings can afford their periods or not. But we should. Someone compared this to razors for men, but I don't see it as apples-to-apples. If you can't afford a razor, the worst case scenario is.. you'd have a beard. Not quite the same level as walking around looking like a murder scene for a quarter of every month. Furthermore, you can use the same darn electric razor for 5-10 years, and I wouldn't advise doing that with sanitary products. And of course you can decide at any time to not shave, but people can't just f***ing unsubscribe from their periods.

Annie Deppolder
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2 years ago

I love you

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Pamela24
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2 years ago

Congrats, Scotland!

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