Scotland continues to make progressive steps forward as the country has now become the first-ever to provide free and universal access to period products.
Talking about menstrual cycles has pretty much been a taboo, and that is an issue women face everywhere across the world. This news coming from Scotland is big, and it will hopefully encourage other nations to do the same.
The Period Products (Free Provision)(Scotland) Act will put a legal duty on the shoulders of local authorities to make the products available for anyone who needs them. The development has been made after a four-year campaign in Scotland, which shifted the public discourse around periods.
This will make a big difference in the lives of women and girls, especially those who are underprivileged and have difficulty affording sanitary products.
According to reports, the struggle to pay for basic health products on a monthly basis or ‘period poverty’, has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is important that nations like Pakistan also take notice of Scotland’s initiative and take steps to facilitate women, not only during this time of the month but overall as well. Breaking the silence on the topic is also necessary, and women should be told that periods are natural and normal.
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