MEET ZARI, Sesame Street’s first genitally-mutilated Afghan ‘feminist’ puppet in a headbag

2016SesameStreet0407In a first for the “Sesame Street” co-production in Afghanistan, there’s a new, female Muppet on the block. Zari, whose name means “shimmering,” is a 6-year-old girl who helps children access topics such as girl empowerment, social and emotional well-being (all of which are non-existent in Afghanistan)

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Post-Gazette  She also will figure in segments on “physical health,” as well as social and emotional well-being on “Baghch-e-Simsim” (”Sesame Garden.”) .

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, as we aim to help all children in Afghanistan grow smarter, stronger and kinder,” Sherrie Westin, executive vice president of Global Impact and Philanthropy, Sesame Workshop, said in a statement.

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