Zari – Sesame Street’s new hijab-wearing muppet

By Joe Mellor, Deputy Editor

The world famous Sesame Street has launched a new muppet character “Zari” a feminist from Afghanistan.

Zari will teach kids about “girl empowerment, social and emotional wellbeing.”

She will appear in season 5 of Baghch-e-Simsim, which is the Afghani version of Sesame Street.

The children’s show Twitter account went wild when the news was released this week.

Saad Mohseni, the President of the MOBY group, that airs various TV shows for children in Afghanistan said: “Sesame Street has done more to educate and entertain than any other children’s programme in Afghanistan.

“We are especially delighted about the introduction of Zari to Baghch-e-Simsim, which reflects Sesame’s commitment to the country and the show’s positive impact here.”

In a Sesame Street press release to support the launch they said “will focus on teaching “girls’ empowerment, national identity, physical health and social and emotional wellbeing.”

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