Scotland is the first nation to grant free tampons

Scotland grants free tampons. 

Scotland is the first nation in the world to have a law that guarantees the universal right of women, starting with the poorest and youngest, to have free tampons and all necessary basic products during menstruation.

On Tuesday, the Parliament of Scotland unanimously approved the so-called "Period Product Bill", the first law in the world to provide free access to tampons. With this measure, local authorities will be obliged to provide free tampons or menstrual products to "anyone who needs them".

The "period poverty" concerns one out of four young Scottish women in Scotland. According to statistics reported by the BBC, in Scotland, one in four students (high school and university) has experienced first-hand the difficulty of finding tampons for economic reasons.

Throughout the UK, "menstrual poverty" would affect about 10% of girls, and 19% of them would switch to "less suitable" products because of the excessive cost. Every month, a woman in Scotland has to spend about £8 to buy toiletries.

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