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Scotland's Bold New Bill For Sanitary Products Needs To Migrate To Aus ASAP

Scotland has just made history.

Scotland has just made history as the first country in the world to make sanitary products free for all people.

According to the ABC, The Period Products Scotland bill, proposed by Scottish MP Monica Lennon has passed its first vote in parliament. While the scheme is estimated to cost around $47.5 million, it will ensure items including tampons and sanitary pads are free and accessible in public places like community centres, youth clubs and pharmacies.

“These are not luxury items,” Lennon said during the debate. “They are indeed essential and no one in Scotland should have to go without period products.”

Lennon noted that passing the bill would be a “milestone moment for normalising menstruation in Scotland and sending out that real signal to people in this country about how seriously parliament takes gender equality.”

Fellow MP Alison Johnstone added that “being financially penalised for a natural bodily function is not equitable or just.”

SBS reports that the Scottish government originally opposed the plan for free period products, but changed its tune after “coming under pressure from campaigners.”

It’s not the first step Scotland has made towards gender equality. Since 2018, Scotland has been providing free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities. 

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“We are changing the culture and it’s really exciting that other countries right around the world are watching very closely to see what we do,” Lennon said, begging the question – when will Australia follow suit?

In October 2018 – and after an 18-year campaign – the 10% tax on tampons and pads was removed in Australia. The move was said to cost the state $30M a year, but was necessary considering the fact that other health products including condoms and Viagra are also exempt from GST.

Last year, the Victorian government took another step in the right direction by providing free sanitary products in government schools in the state – but what about the rest of Australia?

Of the 3.2M Australians currently living below the poverty line, 52% of them are women and young girls. Unfortunately, many of these women are experiencing ‘period poverty’ and are unable to afford sanitary products. 

That’s why organisations like Share the Dignity are so important. Last year, Woolworths agreed to donate five cents from every pack of sanitary items sold – including pads, tampons, liners and period briefs to the charity. These funds are used to install and maintain Pink Box Dignity Vending Machines that dispense free period packs to women and girls. 

Share the Dignity, those who donate to the cause and its corporate partners are doing amazing work but there is still a long way to go until sanitary products are free and accessible to Australians on a national scale. 

Scotland’s period products bill provides Australia with the motivation to remove the stigma associated with menstruation and fulfilling the basic rights of those in need.

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50 Cent Thinks It's Hilarious To Tear Down Dwyane Wade's Trans Daughter

This is not okay.

Instagram can bring us plenty of joy – and keep us connected – but it can also shine a light on some pretty awful behaviour, and a rather sad state of affairs. Case in point: 50 Cent’s ‘joke’ about Dwyane Wade’s transgender daughter.

The rapper took to Instagram earlier this week to share a meme depicting convicted sex offender R. Kelly sat next to Dwyane Wade. A speech bubble above Kelly’s head reads, “Heard you had a daughter now,” and another above Wade says, “U touch her I’ll kill ya.”

50 Cent captioned the post, “LOL NOW THIS SOME FUNNY SH*T.”

Credit: @50Cent

While the rapper copped a fair amount of backlash for his post, other comments encouraged the behaviour and one even suggested Wade had “failed fatherhood.”

Earlier this month, Dwyane Wade confirmed his 12-year-old daughter Zaya was transgender and that she had told he and wife Gabrielle Union she was “ready to live my truth.”

“We are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community – and we’re proud allies as well,” Wade told Ellen.

Unfortunately, 50 Cent isn’t the only high profile celebrity to disapprove of Zaya’s decision to publicly identify as she/her. Rappers Young Thug and Boosie Badazz also made transphobic remarks in since-deleted Tweets following the announcement. 

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Despite the negative and offensive comments, there were other celebrities who ran to Zaya’s defence. Rapper Cardi B took to Instagram Live to tell her followers, “I understand that they just don’t be understanding certain sh*t, but please try to understand.”

“Because sometimes you will be wanting people to understand you. So try to understand somebody else. Especially when it is a child.”

Speaking to Zaya directly, Cardi said, “Speak your truth. Speak your truth, and educate.”

According to Business Insider and a study conducted by doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital this January, transgender youth who are able to begin taking hormone blockers when they want to and before puberty have a lower risk of suicide later in life. 

It’s so important to appreciate the efforts Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union are trying to make to honour their daughter’s decision to come out and protect her mental health. Instead of spreading hate about something they don’t understand, people like 50 Cent with a public platform should educate themselves and encourage acceptance.

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Singer Duffy Is Ready To Tell Her Horrific Story After Being Held Captive

"Many of you wonder what happened to me."

Remember Duffy? She’s the Welsh singer songwriter who topped the charts in 2007 and 2008 with her tracks ‘Rockferry’ and ‘Mercy.’

Well, after over ten years, Duffy is back, and she’s ready to tell her horrific story of being raped, drugged and held captive for days. 

In a lengthy Instagram post, Duffy began, “You can only imagine the amount of times I thought about writing this. The way I would write it, how I would feel thereafter.”

“…Many of you wonder what happened to me, where did I disappear to and why. A journalist contacted me, he found a way to reach me and I told him everything this past summer.”

“The truth is, and please trust me I am OK and safe now, I was raped and drugged and held captive over some days. Of course I survived. The recovery took time. There’s no light way to say it.”

Later, Duffy said she would be posting a spoken interview in the following weeks and would endeavour to answer any questions her followers have for her. “I have a scared love and sincere appreciation for your kindness over the years. You have been friends. I want to thank you for that.”

It’s so devastating to hear what Duffy has been through and unfortunately, the singer had already been through her fair share of struggles before rising to fame. 

In 1998, when she was 14 years old, Duffy briefly stayed in a police safe house when it was discovered her stepfather’s ex-wife Dawn Watson had planned to pay an assassin £3,000 to kill her stepfather, Philip Smith. 

According to Evening Standard, Watson was eventually convicted of soliciting to murder and sentences to three and a half years in jail. 

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In her recent Instagram post, Duffy said, “Please respect this is a gentle move for me to make, for myself, and I do not want any intrusion to my family. Please support me to make this a positive experience.”

Our hearts go out to Duffy during this difficult time and wish her the best on her road to recovery.

If you, or anyone you know is a victim of sexual assault, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or 1800 RESPECT for support services.

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