October 29, 2019

Period emoji arrives on iPhones in bid to break the taboo over menstruation
Apple has released a new set of more than 350 new emojis for its iPhone keyboard, including gender-neutral characters, mixed-race couples, people with disabilities and a period "blood drop" that campaigners have heralded as a "breakthrough in the fight against period stigma". Girl’s rights charity Plan International launched a campaign in 2017 to create a new period emoji in order to "make it easier for girls and women to talk about their period with friends, family and colleagues". More than 54,000 people cast their vote on the design to be submitted to the Unicode Consortium, which maintains and regulates the library of emojis. The original winning design of "period pants" was initially rejected, but the runner-up blood drop design – made in collaboration with the NHS – was proposed and accepted as an alternative. “We are thrilled to see the arrival of this long-awaited blood drop emoji, which signals a real breakthrough in the fight against period stigma,” said Rose Caldwell, Plan International UK’s chief executive. “Girls, women and other menstruators told us this emoji would help them talk more freely about their periods, which is why we campaigned so hard to make it a reality.” Along with the blood-drop icon, the new emojis feature characters with disabilities as part of Apple's push to make the library more inclusive “But this is only one part of the solution. We know that girls around the world are being held back because of their periods, whether that’s the one in five girls here in the UK who are bullied and teased, girls in Zimbabwe who have dropped out of school because the recent cyclone destroyed their period-friendly toilets, or those living in refugee camps in Bangladesh who can’t access period products since fleeing their homes. “Period poverty will not stop until we fix the toxic trio of affordability of products, lack of education and period shame. We hope this emoji helps to keep the conversation going.” The new period emoji arrives on iPhone with a slew of new icons submitted by Apple after the company said last year that it wanted to improve representation within its library. After consulting with charities on various issues, the new update includes allowing users to choose the gender and ethnicity of each person in the "holding hands" icon. There is also a gender-neutral option on each character emoji along with the original male and female. Insight | How are new emoji introduced? The largest addition, however, comes in the addition of characters with disabilities. The icons include hearing aids, prosthetic limbs, guide dogs and wheelchairs. On submitting its proposal to the Unicode Consortium last year, Apple said: "Currently, emoji provide a wide range of options, but may not represent the experiences of those with disabilities. "Diversifying the options available helps fill a significant gap and provides a more inclusive experience for all." The new emojis are part of Apple’s 13.2 update for iOS,which also includes its "deep fusion" camera mode, which uses artificial intelligence to improve photographs, and support for its newly announced AirPods Pro earphones.
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
'Julie and the Phantoms' Stars Cheyenne Jackson and Booboo Stewart on LGBTQ Representation
September 23, 2020
AmgkvK3xcJ4
John Cusack Says He Was Never Going to Play 'Breaking Bad's' Walter White
September 24, 2020
t8dtgMU4whA
2020: The Tipping Point for Connected TV Storytelling and Advertising - Variety Streaming Room
September 24, 2020
RtGX38E26SI
Japanese Actress Yuko Takeuchi Dead at 40
September 27, 2020
AA9FpWs-Wz4
Max Ehrich Says He Learned of Split With Demi From Tabloids
September 26, 2020
oKKgDNItF-Q
Necessary Realness: Celebrities Dating Civilians | E! News
September 26, 2020
pFjBX1UlSJQ
Caitlyn Jenner and Sophia Hutchins in Talks to Join 'RHOBH' | TMZ
September 27, 2020
qjOO64aA6RM
Best Of TMZ on TV This Week: 9/21-9/25
September 25, 2020
AK7597t5iAA
Gigi Gorgeous Says J.K. Rowling's Dead to Her After More Anti-Trans Backlash | TMZ
September 24, 2020
eiKX6w8tL3Q
Dax Shepard reveals he relapsed after 16 years of sobriety | Page Six Celebrity News
September 25, 2020
yT7YuvLGDeY
Teddi Mellencamp’s 'RHOBH' exit and more Housewives news of the week | Page Six Celebrity News
September 25, 2020
FZ9FCO_lsKk
Meghan Markle reportedly has serious ambitions to run for president | Page Six Celebrity News
September 25, 2020
vQRPlbqIYck
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
27
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Roma - Juventus
27
Sep
FRANCE: Ligue 1
Reims - PSG
27
Sep
SPAIN: La Liga
Barcelona - Villarreal
27
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur - Newcastle United
27
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - Leicester City
27
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Crotone - AC Milan
27
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Napoli - Genoa
27
Sep
SPAIN: La Liga
Atletico Madrid - Granada CF
27
Sep
EGYPT: Premier League
Zamalek - El Gounah
27
Sep
BELGIUM: First Division A
Club Brugge - Cercle Brugge
27
Sep
BULGARIA: A PFG
Lokomotiv Plovdiv - CSKA Sofia
27
Sep
USA: Major League Soccer
Los Angeles FC - San Jose Earthquakes
27
Sep
USA: Major League Soccer
Los Angeles Galaxy - Seattle Sounders
27
Sep
USA: Major League Soccer
Vancouver Whitecaps - Portland Timbers
27
Sep
MEXICO: Apertura
Cruz Azul - America
27
Sep
BRASIL: Serie A
Atletico GO - Botafogo
27
Sep
BRASIL: Serie A
Ceara - Goias
27
Sep
BRASIL: Serie A
Santos - Fortaleza
27
Sep
PORTUGAL: Primeira Liga
Rio Ave - Guimaraes
27
Sep
USA: Major League Soccer
Dallas - Orlando City
27
Sep
USA: Major League Soccer
Minnesota United - Real Salt Lake
27
Sep
PARAGUAY: Apertura
Generali Diaz - Guarani A
27
Sep
USA: Major League Soccer
Chicago Fire - Atlanta United
27
Sep
USA: Major League Soccer
Toronto FC - Columbus Crew
27
Sep
USA: Major League Soccer
Philadelphia Union - Inter Miami FC
27
Sep
USA: Major League Soccer
New York Red Bulls - Montreal Impact
27
Sep
USA: Major League Soccer
D.C. United - New England Revolution
27
Sep
MEXICO: Apertura
Atletico San Luis - Leon
27
Sep
PARAGUAY: Apertura
Sportivo Luqueno - Nacional Asuncion
27
Sep
BRASIL: Serie A
Palmeiras - Flamengo
27
Sep
ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: 1/8 final
Al Nasr Riyadh - Al Taawon
27
Sep
SPAIN: Segunda Division
Leganes - FC Cartagena
27
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Ham United - Wolves
27
Sep
CROATIA: 1 HNL
Hajduk Split - Varteks
27
Sep
MEXICO: Liga de Ascenso, Apertura
Universidad G - Pumas Tabasco
27
Sep
SPAIN: La Liga
Cadiz - Sevilla
27
Sep
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Valladolid - Celta Vigo
27
Sep
PORTUGAL: Primeira Liga
Pacos de Ferreira - Sporting
27
Sep
NORWAY: Eliteserien
Bodo-Glimt - Valerenga
26
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Inter Milan - Fiorentina
26
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Brighton - Manchester United
26
Sep
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Betis - Real Madrid
26
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Bromwich Albion - Chelsea
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
Shkendija - Tottenham Hotspur
24
Sep
ENGLAND: League Cup
Manchester City - Bournemouth
24
Sep
ENGLAND: League Cup
Lincoln City - Liverpool
24
Sep
EUROPA LEAGUE: Third qualifying round
AC Milan - Bodo-Glimt
23
Sep
ENGLAND: League Cup
Leicester City - Arsenal
23
Sep
ENGLAND: League Cup
Chelsea - Barnsley
22
Sep
ENGLAND: League Cup
Luton - Manchester United
21
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Wolves - Manchester City
21
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Bologna
20
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - Liverpool
20
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Southampton - Tottenham Hotspur
20
Sep
FRANCE: Ligue 1
Nice - PSG
20
Sep
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Sociedad - Real Madrid
20
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Juventus - Sampdoria
20
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Parma - Napoli
19
Sep
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - West Ham United
19
Sep
ITALY: Serie A
Verona - Roma
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
L1eLanNeZKg i1XRgbyUtOo -g9Qziqbif8 0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k tudKp5Vhs3k
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.