Scotland To Become The First Country Providing Free Sanitary Products
Did you know that in every 5 women there is 1 who cannot afford sanitary products? Even in 2020, these critical products are not free. And what is even worse is that in some countries there are taxes applied to these products.
Why are they even sold anymore instead of given to women for free during their time of need? The simple answer is because men do not have periods otherwise this would’ve been free a long time ago. For now, we have a shining example of how Scotland will become the first country to provide free sanitary products to its women.
1A turning point in history
Scotland is about to make history by becoming the first nation to provide free pads and tampons. This is a huge victory over companies that put outrageous prices on their sanitary products which is something every woman needs in this day and age. There were 112 votes in favor of the bill being passed.
2The period products bill
It was on Tuesday during the last week of February 2020 that the bill was passed through the first of three stages in the Scottish Parliament. The support for the bill was overly positive with 112-0, with one abstention. The bill was first proposed in 2017 and took 3 years to get to where it is at today.
3Who started it?
This bill was first proposed by Monica Lennon back in 2017. During 2018-2019 she had a yearlong campaign to raise awareness to the existence of this bill, why it as needed and for people to support it. She was the real champion who should be given full credit for getting the bill passed in the first stage.
4What she said
After the bill was given complete support she spoke to the media and said that this was a victory not just for her but for every woman in Scotland and will soon be a victory for all women across the globe. She added that she was convinced that other countries should and will follow this movement and provide its women with free sanitary products.
5This is a very important step
Many people don’t realize that the fight is not over. People are celebrating that the bill passed the first stage with flying colors but what about the next stages? How will people react when they realize how much money they will be losing by making these products free. This could cause issues later on.