EMOJI – For 4 years, Lowri Moore, a 13-year-old British schoolgirl, has been fighting so that children who wear glasses are no longer stigmatized. The last battle of her: get the creation of emojis ” more cool “ to represent people who wear glasses. As you can see in the video at the top of the article, with your campaign “Glasses on”(glasses on the nose, in French), the teenager from Nottinghamshire -in the center of England- wants to convince Google, Meta and Consortium Unicode (the body in charge of creating emojis) to expand their offer of emojis to combat stigma.
“People think kids aren’t stigmatized these days for wearing glasses, but in reality, many refuse to wear glasses because they’re afraid of looking ‘different and uncool.'”says the schoolgirl interviewed by AFP.
Studies show that kids who wear glasses are 35% more likely to be bullied at school.
“However, not wearing glasses when they are needed can have detrimental consequences. He cannot learn properly, and that will limit his opportunities, and he will probably have great difficulties in life because he has not worn his glasses. That’s not fair “The young woman who does not want to boycott the current emoji is outraged, but only more diversity.
Lowri Moore’s fight over emojis came to her when her mother, Cyrilyn, tried to find an emoji to represent her daughter. “He looked at those who could have represented me, but he only found a nerdy photo. As she continued to search, she came across a grandmother and a teacher, who obviously didn’t represent me at all.”Lowry recalls. As for skin and hair color that can now be changed, she would like to be able to add a bezel option. According to her, the only current emoji available for children may be “harmful for them because it contributes to the spread of a negative stereotype that is very difficult to destroy”.
An early activist
Her activism began in 2019, when she wrote a letter to entertainment giant Disney asking it to feature more characters with glasses in its movies. In 2021, her wish is fulfilled: Mirabel Madrigal, the heroine of the film “Loves” appears on the screens with pretty curls and round glasses. To thank her, the director, Jared Bush, who admitted to being inspired by her letter, had offered to go with the film crew to the BAFTAs.
For her work, Lowri was chosen this year as Activist of the Year by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB). For Jessica Thompson, the organization’s director of policy, strategy and advocacy, Lowri Moore’s activism helps highlight the importance of wearing glasses, especially among younger people. “If you have trouble seeing, you have trouble learning”summarizes to AFP. “Wearing glasses is the most effective health gesture” for schoolchildren by reducing the risk of school failure by 44%”, he adds.
At the moment, the young activist has not yet received any kind of response from the companies or the Unicode Consortium. However, she hopes to see them appear soon on social networks.
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