On Nov. 24, Scotland became the first country in the world to establish through legislation that access to period products is a right, a move that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described as groundbreaking. It caps a four-year campaign led by Monica Lennon, a member of the Scottish Parliament, that was backed by a wide coalition of trade unions, women’s groups, and charities.
The aim, Lennon says, is to eradicate “period poverty”—the cost of the products can be prohibitive—and end the stigma around menstruation.
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