Scotland makes sanitary pads free for all their women

Scotland makes sanitary pads free for all their women

- Scotland has made sanitary pads and other menstrual product free items for all women in the foreign country

- The bill was passed in the parliament after months of protest and lobbying to end what was called 'period poverty'

- Students across all public universities would not have to worry about spending anything on getting the products anymore

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Scotland has made history as the first country to make sanitary pads and other menstrual products free for all women.

The bill to make it the law was voted by the Scottish parliament on Tuesday, November 24, months after lawmakers showed support for the bill, BBC reports.

With the new law, period products will be available for free in public buildings which include schools and universities in the country.

It is, however, within the power of local authorities and other education providers to ensure that they are free to those within their facilities.

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Scotland makes sanitary pads free for all their women
Scotland has made sanitary pads free for women and many have described it as a good development. Photo sources: BBC, Fraser Bremner
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Monica Lenon, the lawmaker who introduced the bill, said that the campaign was supported by many groups like trade unions and women organisations.

The bill said that by 2022, it will cost £8.7 million (N4,405,741,388.07) yearly to make the products free depending on how many women cash in on the new law.

Many equality and women’s rights groups have massively praised the new law as a great one. A Scotland minister, Nicola Sturgeon described it as good law.

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that the federal government through the ministry of women affairs launched a project to distribute about one million sanitary pads to women and teenage girls in the country in order to cushion the effect of the pandemic.

It was gathered that the minister of women affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, launched the project at Kado village, Abuja, in a ceremony organised by the ministry with support from Water Supply Sanitation and Collaborative Council and other stakeholders to commemorate World Menstrual Health and Hygiene Day.

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