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Saudi teen said to propose design for headscarf emoji

Rayouf Alhumedhi has sent a proposal to The Unicode Consortium, a non-profit corporation that reviews and develops new emojis

Saudi teen said to propose design for headscarf emoji

A Saudi teenager living in Germany has reportedly proposed designing a headscarf emoji which could be available from next year.

Rayouf Alhumedhi, aged 15, has sent a proposal to The Unicode Consortium, a non-profit corporation that reviews and develops new emojis, the BBC reported.

The proposal comes as countries across Europe wrestle with the issue of the Muslim veil, as many politicians argue that there needs to be a greater effort to assimilate ethnic and religious minorities.

Alhumedhi told the BBC: "In this day and age, representation is extremely important... People want to be acknowledged... and recognised, especially in the tech world. This is massive. Emojis are everywhere.

"There are so many Muslim women in this world who wear the headscarf. It might seem trivial... but it's different when you see yourself on the keyboard around the world. Once you experience that, it's really great."

The BBC said the drafting committee hopes to present a final version of the proposal to Unicode in November.

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