Scotland Is Making Tampons And Pads Free For All Students

Scotland is taking major steps in making pads and tampons more accessible and affordable for people with periods.

As reported by The Guardian, on Friday, August 24, the Scottish government announced their plan to provide students from school through to college and university with free period products. Scotland is the first country in the world to take action of such an impact; their £5.2 million plan aims to ensure that period poverty will not effect students’ education.

As most are aware now due to the Pink Protest and Always adverts, every year, hundreds of thousands of young people globally miss school due to limited or no access to period products. As a 2017 survey by Always showed, one in five students aged 16-24 in the U.S. who menstruate had left school early or missed school entirely at least once due to lack of access to period products.

As noted by The Guardian, the Scottish government collaborated with Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), Colleges Scotland, Universities Scotland, and the Scottish Funding Council in order to develop the plan. In a statement, Councillor Alison Evison, the president of COSLA, explained that in addition to helping students obtain their education without worrying about access to period products, the plan will “also contribute to a more open conversation and reducing the unnecessary stigma associated with periods.”