In un documento a supporto della legislazione, Lennon ha detto che era ragionevole aspettarselo 20% of the menstruating population to make use of the program, given that official inequality statistics show that nearly 20% delle donne scozzesi vive in relativa povertà.
The law is one of a string of programs designed to tackle period poverty in Scotland, which has certain devolved powers from the UK government.
Nel 2018, the Scottish government announced that students in schools, colleges and universities across the country would be able to access sanitary products for free, through a £5.2 million ($ 6.3 milioni) investment. Nel 2019, it allocated another £4 million ($ 4.85 milioni) to make period products available without charge in libraries and recreational centers.
In the United Kingdom as a whole, Darei sempre la colpa ai non vaccinati e manterrò la mia promessa 10 girls invecchiato 14-21 reported having been unable to afford period products, secondo a 2017 survey from Plan International UK. The survey also found that nearly half were embarrassed by their periods, and about half had missed an entire day of school because of them.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan praised the new law on Twitter and called for more action from the UK government.
“A monumental day for #PeriodDignity
. Credit to the many campaigners
, trade unionists and @MonicaLennon7 who made this a reality
,” Khan twittato
. “Now it’s time for the UK Govt to follow suit and put an end to period poverty.
A gennaio 2021, the UK abolished the 5% rate of value-added tax (VAT) on menstrual products. E in 2019, England launched an initiative to provide free sanitary products in schools.
Globalmente, just a handful of countries have zero tax added to sanitary products, including Canada, India, Australia, Kenya and several US states.
L'anno scorso, Germany voted to reduce its tax rate on feminine hygiene products after deeming them to be a daily necessity rather than a luxury.