Unlike old times, emoji are no longer the supplements to our digital conversations. In the digital era, they are an important part of the mainstream conversation conveying a host of emotions and expressions. However, today emojis are not only being used to convey sentiments but in the conversations happening over the Internet, they are also being used to represent cultures across the globe. Hence, it’s important that these emojis are not just gender-inclusive but also take into account the culture aspect of the world that we live in today. And activists across the globe have been advocating for the cause for a long time.
Apple recently announced a host of new emojis that will make it to iOS, WatchOS and MacOS later this year. The newly launched emojis include many interesting emojis like a zombie, a zebra, a genie, an elf, a man doing yoga and a bearded man among others.
Interestingly, Apple’s new emoji keyboard also includes a woman with a hijab emoji. “The new emoji make it easier for users to express themselves with greater diversity, additional animals and creatures, new smiley faces and more,” Apple said a blog.
The girl wearing a headscarf emoji was approved by the Unicode in November 2016, after the 15-year-old Rayouf Alhumedhi from Germany submitted a proposal to the organisation in September last year after realising that there was no emoji to represent her.
Meanwhile, Twitterati welcomed the move by the tech giant. Here’s what they have to say:
THERES GONNA BE A HIJAB EMOJI YAYYY pic.twitter.com/L6fmBqwDSI
— RAEESA (@raenb0w) July 17, 2017
I LOVE this. Inclusion all over. and blessings to our Muslim brothers and sisters!! Sweet! Go @Apple !!
— BlissBae (@btweet2all) July 18, 2017
All the more reason to use it!
— Frankie Crutches (@FrankieCrutches) July 18, 2017
This is good.
— Renée Monique(@ReneeMHamilton) July 19, 2017
— S A G A L (@itsyogirlsagal) July 18, 2017
— Kaede Akamatsu (@Woolmarket123) July 17, 2017
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