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UK government scraps tampon tax and follows Scotland’s lead

CW: domestic abuse, unconsensual sex The five percent rate of VAT on sanitary products has been axed in the UK, meaning that tampons and pads are now treated as essential items. The government had committed to scrapping the tax in the March budget, and the change was implemented on 1 January 2020 following the UK’s exit […]

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Period products: luxury to necessity

Scotland has become the first country in the world to introduce universal access to free period products. According to the bill that was passed in Holyrood on Tuesday night, November 24, it is legally required to ensure everyone who needs such products has access to them. It is the outcome of the 4-year-campaign led by […]

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Scotland becomes first nation to champion free period products

Scotland has become the first country in the world to provide free period products for all, paving the way to reduce period poverty and remove the taboo surrounding menstruation. The Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Act passed unanimously through its final stage on Tuesday evening, despite initial fears that the cost could exceed the estimated […]

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Period poverty throughout Covid-19 – what challenges may it bring?

Currently, young girls are growing up in a world where essential period products are out of their financial grasp — and due to the Covid-19 outbreak, period poverty is having a harsher impact than ever before.  The Covid-19 outbreak we are currently living through is difficult for everyone. However, studies have found that girls and […]

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Heavy Flow – the club night combatting period poverty

Heavy Flow is back, spreading positivity and change that extends way beyond the Cowgate dance floor. Using their platform to promote a worthwhile cause and donating all of the proceeds to a charity is a pretty impressive feat, and let’s be honest: how often do you have the opportunity to ‘get down n boogie’ with […]

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Free sanitary products initiative lauded several months after implementation

The campaign to provide free sanitary products to students across Scotland will soon reach its fourth month of implementation. With the introduction of an additional product on November 12, 2018, at the University of Edinburgh, Moon Cups have also been included as a more environmentally friendly option aside from the tampons and pads already available.  […]

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Period Poverty: what is it and what can be done to help?

Period poverty is the inability to access feminine sanitary products due to financial limitations. It is an issue that not many would think would be prevalent in a highly developed country like the UK. However, according to Channel 4 News, 1 in 10 teenage girls have, at some point, been unable to afford sanitary products. […]

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Free sanitary products in Scotland: Sanitree speaks to The Student

With the start of the new academic year educational institutions across Scotland are to provide free sanitary products. Sanitree, a University of Edinburgh student-led project, has been at the forefront of this initiative. Co-founder Martha Aroha Reilly spoke to The Student on the matter, as well as on plans for the upcoming months.  Sanitree is […]