The important reason Sesame Street is introducing its first ever Afghan Muppet

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In a country where girls have written letters begging to go to college, Zari’s introduction on a children’s show could do a lot in explaining the importance of women’s access to eduction. Sesame Workshop has even teamed up with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education to ensure that Zari’s message comes across loud and clear.

Sherrie Westin, Sesame Workshop’s executive vice president of of global impact and philanthropy explained to Reuters that it was ‘so powerful that the first Afghan Muppet is a girl.’

‘Part of the power of the broadcast and Zari’s potential as a role model is to reach children and parents where they may not have access to other educational content.’

Her introduction to the show follows similar attempts in India and South Africa to include local characters like Chamki and Kami.

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So while we won’t have a chance to see Zari in action, here’s hoping that this latest Sesame Street character will do a lot in helping women’s rights.

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