Here is how Twitter is reacting to the news of upcoming the period emoji:
We are thrilled to announce that we are actually getting a #PeriodEmoji!— PlanInternational UK (@PlanUK) February 6, 2019
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 🎊
Find out more here ▶https://t.co/dKd4WwEShX pic.twitter.com/CdyG5fapAx
Well done! We needed this 😁— Nina Seale (@hirundonova) February 7, 2019
Yay. I've always wanted a period emoji 😆🙄 pic.twitter.com/4vG8bMrULu— S K (@yecats_84) February 7, 2019
However, many also felt that an emoji alone would not solve the stigma around periods.
period emoji is coming whoooooo🗣️ pic.twitter.com/g1WxVhzYtv— Lyric (@Lyric52717687) February 7, 2019
girls still have to pay for sanitary products (tampons, pads) but oh yeah there’s a period emoji so we’re thriving ladies 😌😌💅💅— eleanor bond 🌊 (@eleanorrrs) February 6, 2019
Can someone pls explain when you would need to use the #PeriodEmoji and how it reduces stigma? 🤔— bloss em (@Bloss_em) February 7, 2019
Many also pointed out that according to Unicode Consortium, the drop of blood may also be used to signify a "blood donation, bleeding or injury", along with menstruation. Plan International's first design attempt - an image of 'period pants' - was rejected by Unicode Consortium.
okay hold up,,, how does a drop of blood symbolize menstruation?? people going on about women’s rights and how this will “free women of fear” but this is not even indicative of a woman’s period. give me a mf tampon emoji & get rid of the tampon tax then we’ll talk— ruh roh raggie (@maggieshumar_) February 7, 2019
"The inclusion of an emoji which can express what 800 million women around the world are experiencing every month is a huge step towards normalising periods and smashing the stigma which surrounds them," Head of Girls Rights at Plan International, Lucy Russell, said.
1/2 We submitted the period pants emoji to the Unicode Consortium, which unfortunately wasn't agreed.— PlanInternational UK (@PlanUK) February 7, 2019
The blood drop emoji design was our runner up when people voted for a period emoji design with thousands of votes from around the world.