ENDING PERIOD POVERTY: Scotland the first-ever country to provide free period products

The lawmakers in the Scottish parliament unanimously approved a bill on 24th November 2020. The bill titled “Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland), Bill”. According to the bill, local authorities are required to provide free access to the period products.

Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland), Bill
Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland), Bill


Scottish Parliament
Scottish Parliament

Firstly, the bill introduced in April 2019 by lawmaker Monica Lennon from the opposition Labour Party. Basically, with the aim of handling Period Poverty. Especially during the coronavirus pandemic, the need for the free sanitary product arises. Monica Lennon stated that:

“Periods don’t stop for pandemics and the work to improve access to essential tampons, pads and reusables has never been more important”.

Monica Lennon, Labour Party

Afterward, winning the support of the government the bill passed with a 121-0 vote. As well as of the other opposition parties. Furthermore, problems arise in local communities to buy these products. As they struggle a lot to afford them.


After taking this step Scotland becomes the first in the world to make period products free. By operating such bills, the homeless people.As well as no fixed address people will also have access to the period products they need. Moreover, the assurance that whoever menstruate have reasonably convenient access to the period products.

Also, the bill aimed to end the stigma and silence. That is especially, bounded with the mensuration flow. As well as to remove the gendered barriers.

Ending Period Poverty
Ending Period Poverty

The bill ensures all the sanitary products such as tampons and sanitary napkins to be available free of cost throughout Scotland. Moreover, doesn’t matter to which caste or gender the person belongs. Besides these schools and Universities were earlier funded for the period products. But from now onwards, legalized.

However, the quantity for each person is not mentioned in the bill. Thus, can result in people collecting more products than their respective needs

Scotland could soon become the first country to eliminate period poverty once and for all.

Rose Caldwell, chief executive of the girls’ rights charity Plan International U.K.

All the other countries should also take inspiration from Scotland on this. Especially, in a country like India. As the period poverty rate is immensely high in India. Moreover, deaths are also taking place due to this reason.

Author: Kritika Agarwal

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Kritika Agarwal
A young aspiring engineer who's persistently in a hunt for finer components. Interacting with people around through my writings.
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