Zari is the first female muppet of Afghanistan’s version of “Sesame Street,” called “Baghch-E-Simsim.” The 6-year-old, pink muppet talks to kids about education, exercise and peace.

In her first U.S. interview with journalist and Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, Zari talks about being a celebrity, meeting Afghanistan’s first lady and loving that New York is called the “Big Apple” because she loves fruit.

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“Sesame Street” has aired in Afghanistan since 2011. Zari is the first local character on that show. “In Afghanistan, there’s a large portion of girls who are not in school. In fact, it’s over two-thirds,” says Sherrie Westin, Sesame Workshop’s executive vice president of global impact and philanthropy, who appears alongside Zari during Couric’s interview. “This is a culture where girls aren’t often valued in the same way and aren’t given the same opportunities, and we know that through the power of little characters like Zari, that there’s a great ability to not only inspire young girls, but I think equally important, is the fact that we can model for young boys that it’s OK for a girl to have an education. And for women to have different roles and responsibilities . . . not only are we reaching girls who may have no means of education, but we are modeling important culture changes.”

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