Published On: Mon, Apr 11th, 2016

In pictures: Sesame Street’s new female Afghan puppet

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There’s a new face on Sesame Street – a sassy Afghan puppet girl called Zari and she has an important message for the country’s little girls.

Zari, whose name means “shimmering”, has made her television debut in Afghanistan, on a local production of Sesame Street called Baghch-e-Simsim.

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“Zari is female because we thought it was really important to emphasise the fact that a little girl could do as much as everybody else. So that’s why a girl was a key factor in promoting empowerment and girls’ education in Afghanistan,” program manager Clemence Quint told AP.

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The sassy, six-year-old puppet will wear a traditional headscarf. Her costumes will also incorporate fabrics and designs from all of Afghanistan’s ethnic groups.

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Zari is brought to life by Afghan puppeteer Mansoora Shirzad. She wished young viewers a happy World Peace Day and happy International Children’s Day for an upcoming episode.

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Afghanistan is still an impoverished country. Formal education is limited for many children, including prejudices against education for girls.

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Two production houses worked together with Afghanistan’s education ministry to develop the special Muppet.

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News Source BBC

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