The Scottish Government has launched an app that allows users to find nearby places across the country where they can access sanitary products for free.
The PickupMyPeriod app has over 700 marked locations across Scotland, a number that is expected to grow as the app becomes more widely known.
The new app makes Scotland the first country in the world to offer women free menstrual products.
Initially, the products were available for free in schools, colleges, and universities, and then expanded to the wider community, making them available to anyone who needs them.
The app was started on a small scale by Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison. Students from St Paul’s High School in Glasgow were the first to test the app.
Shona Robison said: “The app is a fantastic tool that will help anyone looking to access free menstrual products for themselves, a family member or a friend to easily find them in many places across Scotland.
“I am grateful for the support of local authorities in implementing access to free menstrual hygiene products in Scotland. Young women and girls have played a crucial role in developing the best ways to access products that meet their needs and I am grateful to them for sharing their insights. »
The Period Products (Free Provision) Scotland Act 2021 will come into force from January 2023 and will mean that local authorities and education service providers must make sanitary products available to anyone who needs them and free of charge.