[LISTEN] Bloody brilliant! New emoji to challenge stigma around periods

[LISTEN] Bloody brilliant! New emoji to challenge stigma around periods

The Unicode Consortium approved the red blood droplet emoji to join the emoji lexicon this spring, something that Plan International hopes will help to destigmatize menstruation and normalize conversations about periods. As mentioned by the Emojipedia blog post, these 230 new emojis are finalised and will be coming to Android, iOS and other users.

They are created to more widely reflect members of society, including emojis for men and women in wheelchairs, blind people and guide dogs. For example, the new "couple holding hands" emoji will let you change either person's skin color to any of the six available.

The number of distinct new emojis is 59, but with all the new gender skin tone varieties, the total becomes 230.

According to Emojipedia, Unicode will release the pinching hand as well as the other new emoji on March 5, but it'll take a few months before you'll see these on your devices.

When will you start to see the new Emoji 12.0 on your phone?

China trade war: United Nations warns of 'massive' impact of tariff hike
The additional tariffs on US$200bn worth of Chinese goods have risen by 10% - with a further hike to 25% in the pipeline. The study also said that positive effect for some countries will likely be outweighed by the negative global effects.

Users can expect to receive the new emojis in software updates beginning in April through to the end of 2019.

As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before.

The blood drop emoji is the result of a successful submission to Unicode from Plan International UK and NHS Blood and Transplant. "They are trying to represent themselves in emojiland". Apple said it developed the proposed emojis in collaboration with the American Council of the Blind and the National Association of the Deaf, among other organizations.

Apple had advocated adding emojis to represent people with disabilities.

"Some people might feel like they just don't want that to define them".

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