This Thursday, April 7, 2016 photo shows Sesame Street’s new Afghan character, 6-year-old Zari, during a recording session ahead of her television debut on Afghanistan’s local production of the show, called Baghch-e-Simsim in Kabul, Afghanistan. While many of the show’s characters are non-gender specific, the Kabul producers said they felt it was important to make the Afghan character a girl to help overcome the endemic misogyny that is often excused as part of the country’s cultural and religious heritage. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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