Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – International Relations
- The Scottish parliament passed a landmark legislation that has made period products such as sanitary pads and tampons free of cost to those people who need them.
- The bill is titled, “Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill”.
- Scotland is the first country to take such a step.
- The bill was passed with the aim of tackling “period poverty”, which is when some people who need period products struggle to afford them.
- Central objective: To end the silence and stigma that surrounds menstruation.
- Aim: (1) To remove gendered barriers; (2) To ensure that those who menstruate have reasonably convenient access to period products free of charge.
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What is ‘period poverty’?
- Certain circumstances make access to sanitary products difficult for women and trans people.
- These include homelessness, coercive, controlling and violent relationships and health conditions such as endometriosis.