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 wants 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 designs and people can vote for their favourite emoji. The winning design will be submitted to the Unicode Consortium, the governing organisation that standardises characters across devices.
The emoji designs 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 global language and it makes sense to campaign for a way to visualise periods that can be used across cultures.
“Even though at least 800 million women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 are menstruating right now, there isnt a single emoji to represent periods. 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 wants 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 vote for your favourite period emoji, visit the Plan Australia Facebook page.