Glasgow Airport is set to provide free sanitary products in female toilets to help tackle period poverty in Scotland.
The move is in response to Labour MSP Monica Lennon’s campaign to end period poverty in Scotland. The announcement from Glasgow Airport will see free tampons and pads made available in check-in, international and domestic arrival toilets.
Glasgow Airport managing director Amanda McMillan says: “We met with Monica earlier this year and she highlighted the need to address what is a real issue for many women.
“Millions of passengers travel through our doors on an annual basis and this trial will ensure that our female customers have access to these essential products.”
Following on from the Scottish Government’s six-month pilot project in Aberdeen providing free sanitary products to women and girls from low-income families, this trial is another step in the right direction.
In response to the announcement from Glasgow Airport, Monica says: “I am delighted that Glasgow Airport are backing my campaign to end period poverty. Providing free sanitary products at the airport sends out a strong message that periods are normal and I know this will be appreciated by passengers.
“Getting your period can happen unexpectedly and often at inopportune times – at work, at school, and when you’re travelling. No one should have to go without access to vital sanitary products, so it’s great that Glasgow Airport are leading by example on this issue.”
Providing free sanitary products in busy areas including airports, work, schools and universities is all part of Monica Lennon’s campaign to end period poverty. Time will tell if other organisations will get involved with the campaign.