Lemi and UNICEF advance in their handwashing emoji campaign to combat COVID-19

March 25, 2020

The Lemi Wash My Hands campaign has been making great strides in making a universal handwashing emoji happen. As of March 17, Lemi has officially submitted the proposal to the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee alongside the United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Since the campaign’s official launch on February 20, the East Asia and Pacific office of UNICEF in Bangkok, Thailand has promoted Lemi’s campaign in saying, “The development of hand hygiene-related emojis will enable health professionals to communicate more specifically regarding their discoveries and concerns in this field.”

As the campaign gained ground, Twitter adopted its own version of the emoji.

It has since been used to support the #SafeHands Challenge as well, demonstrated here by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus:

GIPHY has also rolled out a handwashing sticker as an in-message sticker pack based on Lemi’s design:

The campaign has since been picked up by The Sun, The Daily Mail, TechSauce, and Philippine Star.

We even made it Express Pakistan!

With more and more countries closing their borders and cities locking down their communities, the fight against COVID-19 is far from over.

Below, our Chief Technology Officer Matt Mayer talks to Kavi Guppta on his radio program Mate Date aired by Australian community radio station Radio Fremantle. Listen to his interview around 50:10 onwards!

Lemi, in its own way, is taking action towards positive changes that will make a lasting impact in the years to come. We are extremely humbled to be working with organizations such as UNICEF, WHO, and CDC to make a difference globally. Stay tuned to lemiwashmyhands.org for developments on our campaign and proposal!