The Scottish Parliament passed in the first reading a bill proposing to make tampons and pads free for women. The country's authorities decided to take such measures to combat poverty.
The initiative was supported by 112 deputies, one abstained, no one voted against. At this time, proposals and amendments are being collected for the second reading.
There are more women and girls in politics. We have a chance to do something truly revolutionary in terms of gender equality, - said the author of the draft law, Monica Lennon.
According to a 2017 survey by Plan International, one in ten girls in the United Kingdom cannot afford personal care products. Nearly half of the respondents aged 14-21 said they were embarrassed about menstruation and sometimes even skipped school.
For some reason, tampons and pads are viewed as a luxury by some. A luxury that women must pay for. Why is toilet paper considered a necessity in 2020, but menstrual hygiene products are not? - said during the debate Member of Parliament Alison Johnston, quoted by CNN.
Earlier NEWS.ru wrote that French citizens will be able to receive compensation for the cost of a certain brand of condoms on a doctor's prescription. This measure is designed to stop the spread of AIDS among young people. The country's Ministry of Health is confident that people with good income will not parasitize on such a measure of social support.