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Scotland becomes first country to make period products free of charge

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Posted at 9:37 AM, Aug 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-16 12:35:02-04

Scotland has become the first country in the world to provide period products, like tampons and sanitary pads, free of charge.

CNN reported that it was made possible after the Period Products Act was passed by Scottish lawmakers unanimously in November 2020.

According to Scottish Parliament's website, the new law states that schools, colleges, and universities must make a range of period products available for free in their bathrooms.

"The Scottish Government will have the power to make other public bodies provide period products for free," Parliament's website said.

The bill's author, Monica Lennon, said she introduced the bill to tackle "period poverty," when those in need of period products struggle to afford them.

“Proud of what we have achieved in Scotland,” Lennon said on Twitter. “We are the first but won’t be the last.”

According to the Associated Press, the law went into effect on Monday.