'Sesame Street' Introduces 'Zari,' the First Afghan Muppet
Meet Zari, the newest member of the "Sesame Street" crew.
The six-year-old girl is the first-ever Afghan Muppet, and she is aimed at promoting female empowerment in Afghanistan.
Zari made her debut today on the country's version of "Sesame Street," "Baghch-e-Simsim," joining worldwide favorite characters like Elmo and Big Bird.
The purple muppet's name means "shimmering" in the Dari and Pashto languages.
"Debuting a confident, inquisitive, and sweet Afghan girl character is a perfect opportunity to engage both boys and girls with lessons supporting girls’ empowerment and diversity appreciation," said Sherrie Westin, Sesame Workshop's executive vice president of global impact and philanthropy.
Westin said Sesame is "thrilled" to bring the Afghan girl Muppet and "powerful role model" to the children of Afghanistan.
Zari will be featured in locally produced segments focusing on girls' empowerment, national identity, physical health and social and emotional wellbeing.
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