Scotland Takes Aim at ‘Period Poverty’ by Making Products Free The first law of its kind in the world makes access to menstrual products a right. By Caroline Alexander @caroaalex More stories by Caroline Alexander December 1, 2020, 12:01 AM EST 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. […] The aim, Lennon says, is to eradicate “period poverty”—the cost of the products can be prohibitive—and end the stigma around menstruation. […] Schools, colleges, and universities in Scotland have offered free products since 2018, and the legislation compels them to keep doing so). […] The 2020 tax rate on menstrual products was 27% in Hungary, 25% in Sweden, and 16% in Mexico.
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