This new muppet on Afghanistan’s ‘Sesame Street’ shows kids how to respect women


Sesame Street has always taught kids valuable lessons. Now, in Afghanistan, those lessons are set to include the importance of gender equality. 

The country’s version of Sesame Street, Baghch-e-SimSim, last year introduced a character whose aim was to inspire Afghani girls. Now, the show is adding a boy muppet who will show kids the importance of respecting women, the Associated Press reported

The new muppet is a 4-year-old boy named Zeerak, which means “smart” in both of Afghanistan’s official languages, Pashtun and Dari. His sister is 6-year-old Zari. 

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