Emojis representing periods and gender non-specific couples are going to be introduced this year.
The period emoji follows a campaign by Plan International, which had hoped to secure an emoji featuring a pair of pants with two blood drops on it.
The charity’s design was not accepted by Unicode, so Plan teamed up with NHS Blood to submit a new version – a single drop of blood – which will be released in March.
In a tweet, Plan said: “We are thrilled to announce that we are actually getting a #PeriodEmoji! It is through your support that we can now celebrate that the @unicode have announced that we will get our first ever #PeriodEmoji in March 2019.”
Carmen Barlow, digital strategy and development manager at Plan International UK, said: “Emojis play a crucial role in our digital and emotional vocabulary, transcending cultural and country barriers. A period emoji can help normalise periods in everyday conversation.
“For an organisation like Unicode to recognise that menstruation should be represented in this new global language is a huge step towards breaking down a global culture of shame around periods.”
It joins more than 200 new emojis which are coming out this year, including gender non-specific emojis, emojis representing disabilities, and service dogs.
Scope, the disability charity, praised the new emoji – which include people of varying skin tones in motorised and manual wheelchairs, as well as people with mobility canes, using service dogs, and an ear with a hearing aid.
The charity tweeted: “Very pleased to see more diverse representation… for disabled people.”
All of the new human emojis feature skin tone variations, and there are several iterations of the gender non-specific couple, each in a different tone.
There will also be a host of new emojis for food – including falafel, butter and garlic.
Animal emojis making a debut include sloths, orangutan, flamingos and an otter.