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The absorbent free of charge, a step the approval of a law that would make Scotland the first country in the world
Is another step forward in Scotland the law provides for the free distribution to the women of the absorbent sanitary products to women. The parliament approved yesterday with 112 votes in favour, none against and one abstention a draft law that, if it were to be finally adopted without changes, provides that, in the pharmacies, social centres and places of youth aggregation products needed for the menstrual period to be distributed free to all.

The proposal was presented by the prime minister of the Monica Lennon , who has stated that the final approval "will mark a milestone in the normalization of menstruation in Scotland, giving a true signal to the Country how seriously the parliament takes gender equality". Lennon has echoed the colleague Alison Johnstone : "Why in 2020, the toilet paper is viewed as a necessity and products for the menstrual period, no? Be penalized financially for a function of the body natural is not fair or right".

thanks to the commitment of Monica Lennon, already in 2018, Scotland became the first country in the world to provide sanitary products free of charge in schools, colleges and universities. The estimated cost is 24 million pounds sterling (28 million euro). "These are not luxury goods but essential commodities," said Lennon Reuters - . We are making a cultural change".

But if Scotland runs, also in the rest of the Uk has been made an important step forward on this road: January 18 (effective 20) the gratuity of sanitary pads and tampons has been approved for all the public schools and the English college for students up to 19 years.

Since 2000, the health products for the menstrual period in the United Kingdom are subject to a tax of 5%, the so-called "written tax". The project of the ex premier labour David Cameron it had never become effective because of the constraints imposed by membership of the European Union. The Countries that do not include taxation on products for the menstrual period are Ireland, Canada, Australia, Kenya, India, Columbia, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Nigeria, Uganda, Lebanon, Trinidad and Tobago.

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