There is currently no emoji to represent periods. This campaign wants to change that.


Image: plan international

There’s an emoji for just about everything, from tacos to tropical fish. But, we currently don’t have an emoji to describe our periods.

A new social media campaign am willing to smash the stigma surrounding menstruation one emoji at a time.

Girls rights group, Plan International, launched a social media campaign on Sunday to include an official “period emoji” on the global emoji keyboard.

The charity has created five intends and people are able to vote for their favourite emoji. The winning design will be submitted to the Unicode Consortium, the governing organisation that standardises characters across devices.

Image: plan international

The emoji intends include a sanitary towel, a diagram of a uterus, a pair of period pants, a calendar and blood droplets.

Susanne Legena, Deputy CEO for Plan International in Australia says emoji is a worldwide language and it induces appreciation to campaign for a behavior to visualise intervals that can be used across cultures.

“Even though at the least 800 million women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 are menstruating right now, there isnt a single emoji to represent intervals. Isnt it ridiculous that theres a long nose goblin emoji and a floppy disc emoji, but no period emoji? ” says Legena.

Legena says the organisation craves people to do something about it by voting for their favourite period emoji design so they can submit it to the official Unicode body.

To be voting in favour of your favourite period emoji, visit the
Plan Australia Facebook page.

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