Bill proposed to end period poverty

by K Lloyd-Jones

Proposals by Monica Lennon MSP to provide free sanitary products, follow on from CSP motion to STUC.

Proposals to legislate to make Scotland the first country to ensure free access to sanitary products have been launched in the Scottish parliament this week. A consultation by Monical Lennon MSP proposes a univeral system to address 'period pverty' and end the stigma and silence surrounding menstruation.

In April the CSP promoted the issue in an STUC motion on 'period poverty' highligting the issue of the affordability of sanitary products for women and girls in Scotland. There are mounting concerns that women in vulnerable situations struggle to afford these essential products and to CSP this position is that this is a potential health and welfare issue.

A number of trade unions were keen to voice their support during debate, including Unison, Unite, and University and College Lectureres Association, and an important area is the impact on education for girls and yound women.

The consultation document outlines the issues and further details and can be downloaded from the Scottish parliament website. CSP Scotland attended the launch on 14 August and will be responding to the consultation.  

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