Scotland will on Monday become the first country in the world to ensure universal access to free period products following the passing of landmark legislation in 2020.
Councils and educational institutions will be legally obligated to provide free period products to anyone who needs them, according to a statement released by the Scottish government on Sunday.
“Providing access to free period products is fundamental to equality and dignity, and removes the financial barriers to accessing them,” said Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison.
“We are proud to be the first national government in the world to take such action,” she added.
In November 2020, the Period Products Bill, which established free access to sanitary products in public buildings as a constitutional right, was approved by the Scottish Parliament with a unanimous vote.
Sanitary products were already provided without charge to students and teachers, but the bill gave ministers the responsibility of making sure that everyone has access to them.
Additionally, a variety of period products must be made freely available in restrooms at all schools, colleges, and universities.
Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, at the time applauded the choice.
“I am proud to have voted in favor of this ground-breaking legislation, which will make Scotland the first nation in the world to offer free period products to anyone who needs them. For women and girls, this is a crucial policy, she wrote on Twitter.