Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Snigdha Ahuja snigdha. ahuja@ hin­dus­tan­times. com ( IN­PUTS BY YASHIKA MATHUR)

If you haven’t al­ready no­ticed, your Face­book has a new up­date. The Friend Re­quest icon has un­der­gone a re­vamp — the sil­hou­ette of the woman is now perched in front, and she has also got a sleek hair up­date! Sh­eryl Sand­berg, COO at the so­cial net­work, shared on the web­site: “For a long time, we used an icon on Face­book that showed sil­hou­ettes of a man and a woman. The only prob­lem? The male was larger and placed at the front — over­shad­ow­ing the fe­male pro­file. So one of our de­sign­ers, Caitlin Win­ner, took it upon her­self to re­design the icon, mak­ing both gen­ders equal,” she wrote, adding: “Sym­bols mat­ter, and a small im­age can carry a gi­ant mes­sage.” City-based de­signer Anand Bhushan says that this small ges­ture can go a long way. “A mi­cro ges­ture like this has a rip­ple ef­fect all over the globe. It acts like a con­ver­sa­tion starter to dis­cuss is­sues re­lated to gen­der.”

On the other hand, some be­lieve there’s still a long way to go. “Gen­der equal­ity is a much big­ger is­sue. I don’t feel chang­ing the sym­bol is go­ing to make a change in the so­ci­ety, but it’s still a sweet ges­ture,” says ac­tor Ali Fazal. Ac­tor Diana Hay­den also be­lieves that sym­bols alone can’t fix gen­der dis­par­i­ties. “The po­si­tion­ing doesn’t re­ally make a big dif­fer­ence to me. Equal­ity is re­quired in the big­ger is­sues. If a noise wasn’t made about it, the change wouldn’t have been no­ticed by most. It seems like a nice mar­ket­ing strat­egy to me.”

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