A small emoji hopes to encourage a larger conversation

Women will soon have the option to use an emoji to represent menstruation.

Eliza Archer
Eliza Archer NewsMavens, Europe
A small emoji hopes to encourage a larger conversation - NewsMavens
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Why this story matters:

A Plan International UK led campaign, which hopes to destigmatize periods, has produced results this week when a period emoji was announced by Unicode Consortium.

A drop of red blood has been revealed as a global means of recognizing periods.

The push for a period emoji had the backing of over 55,000 people, and hopes to make periods a normal component of societal discourse. 47% of females between the ages of 18-34 indicate it would aid discussion.

Plan International's hope is that the move will assist in alleviating embarrassment and encourage conversation, allowing women to address menstruation in everyday conversation.

Details from the story:

  • 230 new emojis were revealed this week, including the drop of red blood.
  • A survey conducted by Plan International concluded that 47% of women aged 18 to 34 would be more comfortable talking about periods if there was an emoji to represent it.
  • The NHS Blood and Transplant department also supported the move.
  • Carmen Barlow, digital strategy and development manager at Plan International, said digital representation is important in our digital age.
  • It is expected to be released for iPhones in Spring 2019
  • Included in the additions are new emojis that represent various cultures and disabilities.
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