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".
Parliament approved Stage 1 of the Period Product (Free Provision) Scotland today. I am thankful to everyone who made it possible.— Monica Lennon (@MonicaLennon7) February 25, 2020
Was nice to have my daughter by my side as Scotland sent out a strong message to the on-period of the dignity and gender equality. ??https://t.co/CzUKQ467Kn
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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