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Fri Aug 24, 2018, 03:39 PM

Scotland to offer free sanitary products to all students in world first

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/aug/24/scotland-to-offer-free-sanitary-products-to-all-students-in-world-first

Students at schools, colleges and universities across Scotland will have access to free sanitary products as part of a £5.2m scheme to fight period poverty.

The Scottish government is the first in the world to make sanitary products available free to all of its 395,000 pupils and students to help “banish the scourge of period poverty” - when girls and women struggle to pay for basic sanitary products on a monthly basis, significantly affecting their hygiene, health and wellbeing.

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“Our £5.2m investment will mean these essential products will be available to those who need them in a sensitive and dignified way, which will make it easier for students to full focus on their studies.”

Councillor Alison Evison, the president of Cosla, said while the primary aim of the scheme was to ensure no young person missed out on their education through a lack of access to sanitary products, “it will also contribute to a more open conversation and reducing the unnecessary stigma associated with periods”.



I remember that in college there was a PR promotion that would take place in which a “goody bag” would be given to students. These were specified as for men or for women and the coveted items in them were the tampons and razors - the highest priced items.

Props to the Scottish for their much better approach.

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suffragette Aug 2018 OP
smirkymonkey Aug 2018 #1
suffragette Aug 2018 #5
Solly Mack Aug 2018 #2
suffragette Aug 2018 #6
Solly Mack Aug 2018 #7
suffragette Aug 2018 #10
backtoblue Aug 2018 #3
suffragette Aug 2018 #11
Leghorn21 Aug 2018 #4
suffragette Aug 2018 #12
Scurrilous Aug 2018 #8
suffragette Aug 2018 #14
Hekate Aug 2018 #9
suffragette Aug 2018 #13

Response to suffragette (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2018, 05:20 PM

1. K&R

Well done Scotland!

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 24, 2018, 08:09 PM

5. Agree. Very well done, indeed!

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2018, 05:38 PM

2. K&R

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 24, 2018, 08:10 PM

6. Thanks Solly.

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Response to suffragette (Reply #6)

Fri Aug 24, 2018, 08:14 PM

7. It makes a difference.

A very real difference.

Women are still stigmatized because of a natural human function.

Poverty makes it that much worse in all manner of ways.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #7)

Fri Aug 24, 2018, 09:43 PM

10. Yes, it does. Glad they are understanding the impact and effecting real change.

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2018, 05:45 PM

3. Kick and Rec

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Response to backtoblue (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 24, 2018, 09:43 PM

11. Appreciate the rec!

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2018, 05:47 PM

4. This day is getting better by the second!! This is really excellent news right here!!

Thanks for posting, s!!

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Response to Leghorn21 (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 24, 2018, 09:44 PM

12. It's nice to have some good news for a change.

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2018, 08:49 PM

8. K&R

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Response to Scurrilous (Reply #8)

Fri Aug 24, 2018, 10:17 PM

14. Thanks. Great to see this,isn't it?

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Response to suffragette (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2018, 08:55 PM

9. Kich and Rec!

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Response to Hekate (Reply #9)

Fri Aug 24, 2018, 09:45 PM

13. Thanks Hekate. I look forward to the time when we can have this positive change here.

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