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In this Monday, July 10, 2017 photo, Sesame Street's new Afghan character, a 4-year-old Afghan puppet boy called Zeerak, right, and her sister, 6-year-old Zari, left, are seen during a recoding a segment for Afghan version of Sesame Street called Baghch-e-Simsim for the sixth season of the program aired on TOLO a Local Television station in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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In this photograph taken on July 2, 2017, Afghan puppeteers Seema Sultani (R) holds new Sesame Street Muppet 'Zeerak' as she performs with colleague Mansoora Shirzad, holding Muppet 'Zari', during a recording at a television studio in Kabul. The Afghan creators of Zeerak, a bespectacled orange muppet on Sesame Street who adores his older sister, are hoping that the latest addition to the beloved children's show will strike a blow for gender equality and inspire his young audience. - TO GO WITH 'AFGHANISTAN-CHILDREN-SESAME-MUPPET-LIFESTYLE', FEATURE BY ANNE CHAON / AFP / WAKIL KOHSAR / TO GO WITH 'AFGHANISTAN-CHILDREN-SESAME-MUPPET-LIFESTYLE', FEATURE BY ANNE CHAON
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In this Monday, July 10, 2017 photo, Afghan puppeteer Sima Sultani, left, reflected in a mirror as she recoding a segment for Afghan version of Sesame Street called Baghch-e-Simsim for the sixth season of the program aired on TOLO a Local Television station in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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In this Monday, July 10, 2017 photo, Sesame Street's new Afghan character, a 4-year-old Afghan puppet boy called Zeerak, is seen during a recoding a segment for Afghan version of Sesame Street called Baghch-e-Simsim for the sixth season of the program aired on TOLO a Local Television station in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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In this photograph taken on July 2, 2017, Afghan children meet Sesame street Muppet 'Zari' after a recording at a television studio in Kabul. The Afghan creators of Zeerak, a bespectacled orange muppet on Sesame Street who adores his older sister, are hoping that the latest addition to the beloved children's show will strike a blow for gender equality and inspire his young audience. - TO GO WITH 'AFGHANISTAN-CHILDREN-SESAME-MUPPET-LIFESTYLE', FEATURE BY ANNE CHAON / AFP / WAKIL KOHSAR / TO GO WITH 'AFGHANISTAN-CHILDREN-SESAME-MUPPET-LIFESTYLE', FEATURE BY ANNE CHAON
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In this photograph taken on July 2, 2017, Afghan puppeteers Seema Sultani (L) and Mansoora Shirzad hold Sesame Street Muppets 'Zeerak' and 'Zari' as they meet children after a recording at a television studio in Kabul. The Afghan creators of Zeerak, a bespectacled orange muppet on Sesame Street who adores his older sister, are hoping that the latest addition to the beloved children's show will strike a blow for gender equality and inspire his young audience. - TO GO WITH 'AFGHANISTAN-CHILDREN-SESAME-MUPPET-LIFESTYLE', FEATURE BY ANNE CHAON / AFP / WAKIL KOHSAR / TO GO WITH 'AFGHANISTAN-CHILDREN-SESAME-MUPPET-LIFESTYLE', FEATURE BY ANNE CHAON
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In this photograph taken on July 2, 2017, Afghan puppeteer Raziya Nazari covers Sesame Street Muppets 'Zari' (C) and 'Zeerak' after a recording at a television studio in Kabul. The Afghan creators of Zeerak, a bespectacled orange muppet on Sesame Street who adores his older sister, are hoping that the latest addition to the beloved children's show will strike a blow for gender equality and inspire his young audience. - TO GO WITH 'AFGHANISTAN-CHILDREN-SESAME-MUPPET-LIFESTYLE', FEATURE BY ANNE CHAON / AFP / WAKIL KOHSAR / TO GO WITH 'AFGHANISTAN-CHILDREN-SESAME-MUPPET-LIFESTYLE', FEATURE BY ANNE CHAON
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In this photograph taken on July 2, 2017, Afghan puppeteers Seema Sultani (R) holds new Sesame Street Muppet 'Zeerak' as she performs with colleague Mansoora Shirzad, holding Muppet 'Zari', during a recording at a television studio in Kabul. The Afghan creators of Zeerak, a bespectacled orange muppet on Sesame Street who adores his older sister, are hoping that the latest addition to the beloved children's show will strike a blow for gender equality and inspire his young audience. - TO GO WITH 'AFGHANISTAN-CHILDREN-SESAME-MUPPET-LIFESTYLE', FEATURE BY ANNE CHAON / AFP / WAKIL KOHSAR / TO GO WITH 'AFGHANISTAN-CHILDREN-SESAME-MUPPET-LIFESTYLE', FEATURE BY ANNE CHAON
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In this Monday, July 10, 2017 photo, new Afghan character, a 4-year-old Afghan puppet boy called Zeerak, right, and Afghan puppeteer Mansoora Shirzad, left, with Sesame Street's character, a 6-year-old Afghan girl called Zari, are seen during a recoding a segment for Afghan veriosn of Sesame Street called Baghch-e-Simsim for the sixth season of the program aired on TOLO a Local Television station in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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It goes wIn this Monday, July 10, 2017 photo, Sesame Street's new Afghan character, a 4-year-old Afghan boy puppet named Zeerak, performs during the taping for the sixth season of the Afghan version of Sesame Street, called Baghch-e-Simsim, in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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In this photograph taken on July 2, 2017, Afghan puppeteers Raziya Nazaria (L) and Mansoora Shirzad dress Sesame Street Muppets 'Zeerak' (2L) and 'Zari' ahead of recording at a television studio in Kabul. The Afghan creators of Zeerak, a bespectacled orange muppet on Sesame Street who adores his older sister, are hoping that the latest addition to the beloved children's show will strike a blow for gender equality and inspire his young audience. - TO GO WITH 'AFGHANISTAN-CHILDREN-SESAME-MUPPET-LIFESTYLE', FEATURE BY ANNE CHAON / AFP / WAKIL KOHSAR / TO GO WITH 'AFGHANISTAN-CHILDREN-SESAME-MUPPET-LIFESTYLE', FEATURE BY ANNE CHAON
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In this photograph taken on July 2, 2017, Afghan puppeteers Seema Sultani (R) holds new Sesame Street Muppet 'Zeerak' during a recording at a television studio in Kabul. The Afghan creators of Zeerak, a bespectacled orange muppet on Sesame Street who adores his older sister, are hoping that the latest addition to the beloved children's show will strike a blow for gender equality and inspire his young audience. - TO GO WITH 'AFGHANISTAN-CHILDREN-SESAME-MUPPET-LIFESTYLE', FEATURE BY ANNE CHAON / AFP / WAKIL KOHSAR / TO GO WITH 'AFGHANISTAN-CHILDREN-SESAME-MUPPET-LIFESTYLE', FEATURE BY ANNE CHAON
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In this Monday, July 10, 2017 photo, Afghan puppeteers setting props for Sesame Street's new Afghan character, a 4-year-old Afghan puppet boy called Zeerak, right, and Zari, before a recoding a segment for Afghan version of Sesame Street called Baghch-e-Simsim for the sixth season of the program aired on TOLO a Local Television station in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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In this photograph taken on July 2, 2017, Afghan puppeteers Seema Sultani (R) holds new Sesame Street Muppet 'Zeerak' as she performs with colleague Mansoora Shirzad, holding Muppet 'Zari', during a recording at a television studio in Kabul. The Afghan creators of Zeerak, a bespectacled orange muppet on Sesame Street who adores his older sister, are hoping that the latest addition to the beloved children's show will strike a blow for gender equality and inspire his young audience. - TO GO WITH 'AFGHANISTAN-CHILDREN-SESAME-MUPPET-LIFESTYLE', FEATURE BY ANNE CHAON / AFP / WAKIL KOHSAR / TO GO WITH 'AFGHANISTAN-CHILDREN-SESAME-MUPPET-LIFESTYLE', FEATURE BY ANNE CHAON
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In this photograph taken on July 2, 2017, Afghan children meet Sesame street Muppet 'Zari' after a recording at a television studio in Kabul. The Afghan creators of Zeerak, a bespectacled orange muppet on Sesame Street who adores his older sister, are hoping that the latest addition to the beloved children's show will strike a blow for gender equality and inspire his young audience. - TO GO WITH 'AFGHANISTAN-CHILDREN-SESAME-MUPPET-LIFESTYLE', FEATURE BY ANNE CHAON / AFP / WAKIL KOHSAR / TO GO WITH 'AFGHANISTAN-CHILDREN-SESAME-MUPPET-LIFESTYLE', FEATURE BY ANNE CHAON
Updated 15 July 2017

New boy muppet in Afghanistan promotes gender equality

Last year, Afghanistan’s version of “Sesame Street” introduced a little girl character aimed at inspiring girls in the deeply conservative Muslim nation. Now a new muppet is joining the cast: her brother, who will show boys the importance of respecting women.