It will be the first country in the world to offer them out for free
Tampons may seem like an inexpensive purchase for most of us – something that women have just accepted as a standard monthly addition to their shopping baskets.
But for others with financial concerns, shelling out on tampons and pads isn’t always an option.
In a new proposal to combat ‘period poverty’, yesterday Scotland became the first country in the world to start offering sanitary products for free.
This means that schools legally have to give them away to staff and students, and some colleges will be installing free dispense machines.
The movement comes after Monica Lennon, Labour’s inequalities spokeswoman, announced on International Women’s Day that she planned to bring forward a member’s bill at Holyrood.
Earlier in the year Lennon raised concerns about women facing the embarrassing problem of not being able to afford feminine hygiene products, and revealed her desire to make them accessible for all who need them.
At the moment the initiative has been confirmed in seven areas of Aberdeen, but she hopes other parts of the country will follow suit too.
In an interview with The Scotsman, she said: “We must go much further to help women and girls across the country who are facing a monthly struggle to access the products they need.
“We need to end period poverty and improve access to sanitary products right across Scotland.”