Scottish Government Tackles Period Poverty With Free Tampons

Big up to our sistas in Scotland who have pushed through a groundbreaking project to tackle ‘period poverty.'

Here at Pink Parcel HQ, we’re thrilled to learn that the Scottish Government will hand out free sanitary products to those in need as part of a pilot scheme in Aberdeen.

Women and girls from low-income homes in the area will be offered free sanitary products in a project led by Community Food Initiatives North East social enterprise, launched by equalities secretary Angela Constance. At least 1,000 women and girls who can’t afford to buy tampons or pads are set to benefit from the initiative, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the world.

Equalities Secretary Ms Constance said, "It is unacceptable that any woman or girl in Scotland should be unable to access sanitary products. That is why, as part of our wider aims to eradicate poverty from our country, we are exploring how to make products freely available to low-income groups. The pilot in Aberdeen is a first step to help us understand the barriers women and girls face - and to help us develop a sensitive and dignified solution to making these products easily accessible to those who need them."

‘Period poverty’ is the harsh reality for many women ‘too poor’ to buy towel and tampons, with girls in the UK regularly missing school and disrupting their education because they are unable to afford sanitary products. It has been reported that some girls will be absent from school for a week every month or have to use newspaper, socks or toilet paper as sanitary protection, when they have their period.

A current #PeriodPotential campaign calling on sanitary products to be made freely available in schools across the country is already demanding change, but if this new pilot is a success will we see it being rolled out across other parts of the UK too? Let’s hope so.

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