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The Scottish parliament approved plans to make sanitary products freely available to all women, the first nation in the world to do so.

The goal of the policy is to end “period poverty” and enable public places such as community centers, youth clubs and pharmacies to widely offer sanitary products, a provision that may cost up to $31.2 million.

Monica Lennon, the bill’s leading proponent, said that passage of the bill is a major step for equality, calling it a “milestone moment for normalizing menstruation in Scotland and sending out that real signal to people in this country about how seriously parliament takes gender equality.”

Source: Reuters