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Scotland the first country to provide free period products to their citizens

This will make a massive difference to the lives of women and girls and everyone who menstruates - Lennon

Ramesh Published: 2020-11-26 02:44:09

MSP Monica Lennon (second left) with campaigners against period poverty outside Scotland's Parliament in February. । image CNN
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Scotland has become the first country in the world to provide free and universal access to period products after as on Tuesday the period product act was passed through its final stage. 

A four-year campaign that has fundamentally shifted the public discourse around menstruation. The campaign – bolstered by nationwide grassroots support – was spearheaded by Scottish Labour’s health spokeswoman, Monica Lennon, who told the press this was “a proud day for Scotland” is reported in the Guardian. 

Lennon said: “This will make a massive difference to the lives of women and girls and everyone who menstruates. There has already been great progress at a community level and through local authorities in giving everyone the chance of period dignity.

“There has been a massive change in the way that periods are discussed in public life. A few years ago there had never been an open discussion of menstruation in the Holy rood chamber and now it is mainstream. MSPs have enjoyed being a part of that, and it has encompassed the menopause, endometriosis, as well as the types of products we use and their sustainability.”

Period poverty – the struggle to pay for basic sanitary products on a monthly basis – has surged during the coronavirus pandemic, according to charities.

Lennon said that campaigners across the world had been watching progress in Scotland very closely. “It’s an important message in the middle of a global pandemic that we can still put the rights of women and girls high up the political agenda.”


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