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Saudi Arabian teen proposes Hijab emojis

/ 03:23 PM September 14, 2016
The proposed Hijab emojis. SCREENGRAB from Reddit

The proposed Hijab emojis. SCREENGRAB from Reddit

Thousands of people emojis are available online—from African-Americans to Asians, internet users can choose between a bounty of icons representing their race, occupation and ethnicity. Still, an emoji that represents Muslim women is still nonexistent.

A 15-year-old Muslim woman has proposed to the Unicode Consortium, the organization in charge of emojis, to create a Hijab emoji for Muslim women like her.

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In an interview with the Washington Post, Berlin-based Saudi Arabian Rayouf Al Humedhi said that she felt “alienated” when her non-Muslim buddies used emojis in representing themselves in a group chat on WhatsApp, a messaging app.

“I wanted something to represent me, alongside the millions of women who wear the headscarf every day, and pride themselves on wearing the headscarf,” she told the news site. Her proposal drew the support of Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, and the two teamed up to petition online and campaign on the social networking site.

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“The woman in the headscarf would be a terrific addition to the Mosque and Islam symbol emojis, as the hijab is one of the most globally recognized iconic representations of Islam,” Al Humedhi wrote in her seven-page proposal.

She is currently revising her proposal based on feedback from Unicode Consortium subcommittee members before she turns it in for approval.  Gianna Francesca Catolico

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TOPICS: Emoji, hijab, Islam
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