Unicode is set to release a emoji for periods Unicode distributes emoji across mobile devices and has said that it will include a period emoji – a drop of blood – since this march across all mobile devices.
This is due to a movement by the Plan International UK which aims to rule out the stigma surrounding menstruation. Not talking about mensuration freely has a huge impact on young girls, making many feel ashamed of their bodies, and also result in various hygiene issues that are often unaddressed.
With the help of this emoji, the organisation says it hopes to break the silence around the subject and fight the shame attached to stains.
“The inclusion of an emoji … is a huge step towards normalizing periods and smashing the stigma which surrounds them,” said Lucy Russell, head of Plan International UK told Reuters.
“An emoji isn’t going to solve this, but it can help change the conversation. Ending the shame around periods begins with talking about it,” she added.
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