Scotland is now the first country in the world to make all sanitary products, which include pads and tampons, free for all women and girls.
On Tuesday, the parliament passed a landmark legislation that allows women and girls to have free access to period products.
The Scotland Government estimates that they will have to spend AUD$43 million to implement each year to make this possible.
The campaign will offer free sanitary products to women and girls.
Scottish Labour’s health spokeswoman, Monica Lennon, said that it was a proud day for Scotland.
Lennon released a statement about the huge accomplishment and 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 Holyrood 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.
The new law is currently being praised by a number of equality and women’s rights group.
Politicians from different parties that represent in the Scottish Parliament are also really happy with the new legislation.
Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, released a statement about the new legislation, said:
Proud to vote for this groundbreaking legislation, making Scotland the first country in the world to provide free period products for all who need them. An important policy for women and girls.
Such an amazing thing to do!
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