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IN Science & Technology ON 15 Sep, 2016
Texting has become the major source of communication among people these days. Emoticons play an important role in expressing our feelings and we all have become addicted to using them in every sentence in our chats, right?
Though you can find numerous smileys in your cellphones, but there is almost nothing for the depiction of Muslim women and men in the virtual world. You'll be glad to know that a Muslim teen girl named Rayouf Alhumedhi is working on this aspect and hopefully headscarf emojis will soon be added to the phones.
Read on for the details of the upcoming latest feature on your smartphones.
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She wants to increase the depiction of Muslims in the virtual world. Alhumedhi strongly feels that a series of headscarf emojis need to be included in the smartphones.
The scarf worn by Muslim women is known as 'Hijab' and the garment used by man to cover head is known as 'Keffiyeh.'
According to 2011 Pew Research Center report, nearly 43% of one Muslim woman in the US cover their heads with hijab.
Alhumedhi wrote in her proposal, "In the age of digitalization, pictures prove to be a crucial element in communication. Emojis are more impactful and utilized than ever before. Millions use them to convey feelings, appearances, and stories."
When asked by a media person from the online magazine Motherboard, Alhumedhi explained, "Emojis can seem like a trivial topic but people use emojis to represent themselves and their lives. When the different couples and different skin tone emojis were added there was a huge buzz, and this was because people finally felt represented and acknowledged, which is the same case with the headscarf emoji."
Alhumedhi continued, "Women in Eastern Orthodox Christian faiths and some conservative Jewish communities could also benefit from having a headscarf emoji to represent them virtually."
Alhumedhi's proposal caught the attention of Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian who praised the teen girl on his website. He wrote: "Alhumedhi is easily among the most impressive 15-year-olds I've met... [An] emoji may not seem like a big deal, but it's one more way for a lot of people to feel acknowledged and represented ― and that's a good thing."
Ohanian hosted 'ask me anything' session on Reddit for Alhumedhi on Tuesday. Alhumedhi replied to several curious Redditors and helped them understand her views. She explained, "I enjoy having the power to control what I choose to show to the world. People, undoubtedly, look at me differently. And they usually are curious. I enjoy answering their questions and teaching them about it. The headscarf gives me power."
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