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Scotland first in the world to make sanitary products free

26th November, 2020 Society

Note: It can be used as an international example in Essay or GS paper 1

Context: Scotland made sanitary products free to all women, becoming the first nation in the world to take such a step against “period poverty.”

  • The measure makes tampons and sanitary pads available at designated public places such as community centres, youth clubs and pharmacies, at an estimated annual cost to taxpayers of 24 million pounds ($32 million U.S.).
  • In 2018, Scotland became the first country to provide free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities.