Rayouf Alhumedhi Designed an Idea for a Hijab Emoji

By: Mishal Omar - Sep 14, 2016
References: buzzfeed & mashable
The universal emoji keyboard is constantly under development to not only become more comprehensive, but more inclusive -- and it may soon feature a hijab emoji.

The idea for this graphic was conceived and designed by a teenager named Rayouf Alhumedhi who is studying in Berlin, Germany and wanted to see emojis that represented the choice to wear the hijabs -- cultural garments that Muslim women in some countries or regions wear. With the help of Unicode, the student was able to draft a proposal for the hijab emoji that she believes will be a small step towards increasing visibility and denouncing the stereotypes associated with wearing the cultural garment. The emojis the student has designed will also be inclusive to women of Orthodox Judaism and Christianity and will feature men with headscarves as well.

This emoji proposal will further add to the credibility of the work in progress that is the universal emoji keyboard -- in which a completely inclusive set of graphics is not yet available.