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J’en profite pour vous donner le site web d’un projet mené par une de mes ancienne étudiante (une excellente étudiante d’ailleurs) sur le même thème décomplexé autant que décomplexant.
The long-awaited period “drop of blood” emoji is finally available on iPhone keyboards in “a real breakthrough” in fighting the stigma around menstruation — and advocates say it’s about time we got this bloody conversation started.
As a part of Apple’s iOS 13.2 update, the tech giant released a set of 350 brand-new emojis including mixed-race couples, gender-neutral individuals, people with disabilities and more in a push to be more inclusive.
Plan International UK, a charity that advocates for girl’s rights, started a campaign in 2017 to include menstruation in the emoji lexicon to help girls, women and other menstruators “talk more freely about their periods,” Plan International UK’s Chief Executive, Rose Caldwell, says in a statement.
“We’re addressing the need to normalise periods by calling for an #periodemoji” our CEO @TanyaBarronPlan. Vote here ▻https://t.co/afgvexZmdw pic.twitter.com/hJ8qwXoIVk
— PlanInternational UK (@PlanUK) May 30, 2017
Plan International UK’s 2017 online petition garnered nearly 55,000 signatures, with a majority of supporters voting for the underwear symbol with blood-drops, NPR reported. However, the Unicode Consortium, the organization that decides what symbols become emojis, rejected the initial design. They later approved a proposed “drop of blood” symbol earlier this year to represent menstruation, blood donations and medicine.
While the inclusion of a menstruation symbol is a huge step towards “menstrual equity,” or equal access to medically necessary period products, Caldwell and other period advocates say that the fight is far from over.
“This is only one part of the solution,” writes Caldwell. “Period poverty will not stop until we fix the toxic trio of affordability of products, lack of education and period shame.”
In the U.S. alone, one in five girls are absent from school because they can’t afford period products, according to a survey by Always — but, that number doubles abroad. UNESCO estimates that one in ten girls in Sub-Saharan Africa miss school during their menstrual cycle.
One reason for the high costs of period products like tampons and sanitary pads stems from how they’re sold. In 2014, 40 states in the U.S. had a sales tax on period products, considering them a “luxury” item instead of an “essential good.”