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Sheboard – Virtual Keyboard that Emphasizes Strength and Capacity

Sheboard – Virtual Keyboard that Emphasizes Strength and Capacity

The Finnish branch of humanitarian agency Plan International wants to improve positive self-esteem in girls and it has built a new Android keyboard called Sheboard. When installed, it offers empowering word suggestions.

So, when you type “Women,” the word it offers is “lead.” Women lead. Typing “Girls” suggests “rule” for the subsequent word, while “My daughter is” either “strong” or “good”. You can see some examples in the gallery below. The keyboard also changes the diminutive phrases often associated with girls. The condescending “” is transformed into something vastly more empowering: “My awesome adventurer.” The truly saccharine “Cuteness overload” becomes the distinctly badass “she’s fierce.”


Plan says it aims Sheboard at the parents and siblings of young girls. If the affirmative language comes from someone close to the child, perhaps it’ll have a more resounding impact. The charity says it hopes Sheboard finds an audience amongst girls themselves, believing that it can reach them through the channels they themselves use.

 

Nora Lindström, Global coordinator for digital development at , says: “Technological innovations won’t in themselves change harmful, gender-stereotypical behavior, but they can help raise awareness of these issues and support the equal treatment of girls and women.”

The concept comes from Finnish creative agency Hasan & Partners, working with Plan International Finland. Samsung Electronics Nordics helped in the implementation of the idea, which is available from the Google Play Store.

Credits: https://thenextweb.com/apps/2018/02/07/this-virtual-keyboard-wants-you-to-reconsider-the-language-you-use-to-describe-girls/

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