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From 'Auntie Flo' to 'time of the month', how many ways can you avoid saying the word 'period'? Whether it's menstruation or menopause, talking about periods has often been a taboo subject.

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But later this year a period emoji - a red droplet symbol - is being launched. So it seems now is as good a time as any to speak to some of the women trying to end the shame and eradicate period poverty.

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The addition to the girls taboo library follows an online vote by Plan International UK in for what a period-themed emoji should look like. The most popular choice was a pair of pants marked by blood but that was rejected by the Unicode Consortium, so the charity teamed up with the NHS and pushed for a blood drop instead. Lucy Russell, head of girls' rights and youth at Plan International UK, told the BBC that the silence around periods has had "a negative impact on girls - girls feel embarrassed to talk about their periods, they're missing out, and they can suffer health implications as a consequence".

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Many girls can't afford sanitary products and their parents may struggle financially too, so they don't want to ask, or they can't. The Red Box Project was set up in England in in a bid to combat girls missing school because of their periods. It is estimated aboutgirls in the UK miss school each year because of a lack of access to sanitary products.

Relying on donations, red boxes filled with sanitary and hygiene products and new underwear are placed in schools and with other organisations. Using the service is free, and deed to be discreet. While the uptake is less than what it would maybe be in a secondary school, because of age, it's getting young girls talking. For some people in Northern Ireland, a difficult choice has to be made between food, warmth and sanitary products. Some local authorities are looking at the issue - on Monday, Derry and Strabane District Council will be the first one to offer free sanitary products in some of its public buildings.

Elsewhere, campaigners and charity workers are trying to tackle the problem. What is less dignified, stealing tampons or not having any at all? I firmly believe that one of the reasons period poverty exists is because of the taboo that surrounds menstruation. Last year councillor Sian O'Neill put forward a motion to consider the feasibility of Belfast City Council providing free sanitary provisions in its buildings. Disability-themed emojis approved for use.

Council to offer free sanitary products. So, why is talking about menstruation so girls taboo Related Topics. Homelessness Periods Period poverty Poverty. More on this girls taboo.

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