Scotland has become the first country in the world to introduce free global access to term products since a new law was passed in Holyroot tonight, although the MSP behind the law says it is the first step in ending the “menstrual stigma”. Scottish community.
The bill, introduced by Labor Health Spokeswoman Monica Lennon, was unanimously approved by MSPs in the Scottish Parliament, bringing with it the legal right to free access to items such as tampons and sanitary pads.
His bill passed 121 votes to zero after winning the support of the Scottish government and other opposition parties in Holyroot.
Periodic Products (Free Distribution) (Scotland) Bill, which campaigned for the free provision of periodic products in public toilets and workplaces, said the bill was a “practical and progressive” law. Lennon, International Spread of Corona Virus.
He said: “Times for epidemics will not stop, and work to improve access to essential tampons, pads and reusables will never be significant.”
The Health Products (Free Distribution) (Scotland) Bill introduces the legal right to free access to tampons and sanitary pads in schools, colleges, universities and other public buildings.
However, Ms. Lennon said that while the law was “world-leading” and “breaking ground”, schools should provide “menstrual education” to all students and “end the stigma of the times” and that she would work with the unions. “Improving the Dignity of Time in All Workplaces”.
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Despite initial opposition and ministers arguing that the spending could exceed $ 9.7 million a year, his member’s bill has reached the final stage of becoming law.
Speaking before the debate, Ms. Lennon said she hoped other countries would follow suit.
“Many places in Scotland already have free access to term products, but this law embodies and expands on the progress that has been made so far,” he said.
“Once everyone has access to term products, our next steps should be to ensure that women’s health in general is high on Scotland’s political agenda and to end all stigma surrounding menstruation. It should begin with menstrual well – being education in all schools.
“Scotland is an example of good practice. Other countries around the world have an opportunity to learn from what we have achieved in poverty in a few short years.”
The bill was introduced by Ms. Lennon last year, following years of campaigns to end poverty, an issue highlighted by the Trussel Trust Scotland after it discovered that many women and girls accessing its food banks needed health products.
It was also the theme of Ken Loach’s 2016 film I Daniel Blake. This will ensure that free time products are available to anyone who needs them, including schools, colleges and universities.
Ms. Lennon said: “We are in the final stages of a long journey. I regret supporting the time products bill. I hope we end the journey of breaking that land today.
“Scotland will not be the last country to create a history of term poverty – but it is likely to be number one now. This law will ensure that no one has to go without essential term products.
“Thanks to bold grassroots campaigns and cross-party support, Scotland has already made great strides in improving access to term products. A global leading opportunity law for all women, girls and menopausal women to receive term kiosk.”
She paid tribute to the campaign’s a “broad coalition, including unions, women’s organizations and charities,” adding: “Thousands of supporters have a role to play, including those who have shared their poverty experiences, and I am grateful to all of them.”