Scotland could become the first nation to ensure free universal access to pads and tampons

Sanitary products and tampons on sale in a supermarket in Glasgow.

(CNN)Scotland has moved to become the first nation to make tampons and pads free.

The Scottish parliament advanced legislation on Tuesday that would ensure free universal access to tampons, pads and other menstrual products, in a huge stride for the global movement against period poverty.
The Period Products (Free Provision) Scotland Bill passed through the first stage with 112 votes in favor and one abstention.
    No one opposed the bill.
    "Women and girls are too often left behind in the political process," Monica Lennon, who introduced the bill last year, said during the debate. "This is a chance to put them first and do something that is truly groundbreaking on gender equality."
    Lennon also acknowledged transgender and non-binary people, adding that the bill was designed to be inclusive of everyone who menstruates.
    The bill now moves to the second stage, where members of the Scottish parliament can propose amendments before it is given final consideration in stage three.
    The bill aims to tackle period poverty, stigma around menstruation and the impact that periods have on education.
    "Menstruation is normal," Lennon said. "Free universal access to tampons, pads and reusable options should be normal too."
    One in 10 girls in the United Kingdom have been unable to afford period products, according to a 2017 survey from