Scotland's parliament has backed legislation that will make all menstruation products free of charge. The country would be the first nation in the world to do so. The bill was almost unanimously supported by lawmakers.
Scotland on Tuesday was poised to become the first country in the world to make menstrual products free, after members of the Scottish Parliament voted unanimously to support a new bill.
The country's devolved parliament passed the first vote on legislation that would make products including tampons and sanitary pads freely available in Scotland. 112 members present voted for the bill, and one abstained.
The bill will now face the committee stage and may be amended.
It would also make the products available at public places such as community centers, youth clubs, and pharmacies.
The measure is estimated to cost £24.1 million (€28.9 million, $31.2 million) each year.
In 2018, Scotland became the first country in the world to provide free menstruation products in schools, colleges, and universities.
Menstruation products in the UK are currently subject to what has been termed a "tampon tax" of 5%. The government had said it would abolish the unpopular tax in 2016, but the issue was pushed out of the spotlight by Brexit proceedings.
A government briefing on the bill listed Ireland, Canada, Australia, Kenya, India, Columbia, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Nigeria, Uganda, Lebanon and Trinidad and Tobago among the countries with no tax on period products.