In a swift and historic move, Scotland lawmakers and politicians have unanimously passed a new law that would make sanitary pads free for everyone in the country.
A legal duty has been passed on relevant agencies to ensure that people have access to sanitary pads when they need them.
Labour MSP Monica Lennon began her campaign to end period poverty since 2016 and also introduced the bill to the parliament. According to her, it was a “practical and progressive” piece of legislation which is important as a result of the global pandemic and increase in poverty level.
The country’s local councils are yet to decide how this will be implemented and how people would have access to sanitary products. However, it has been maintained that people would have easy access to different types of sanitary products.
The big question is, will other countries emulate Scotland? Will developing countries afford making sanitary pads free?
Period poverty is when someone cannot afford adequate menstrual hygiene products which have been labelled as a major cause why some girls routinely miss school.
Globally, about 1.2 billion women do not have access to sanitary products and in Africa, according to UNICEF, one in every 10 girls miss school because of their periods. In Nigeria, heavy tax has been placed on menstrual products making it even more difficult for people to afford. While pads would cost around $1.30 in Nigeria, 44% of the population lives below $1.90 daily.