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  Laura Bush Visits Egypt's 'Sesame Street'
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News DateMonday, May 23, 2005 11:25:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe peach-colored furry puppet with big ambitions couldn't contain her excitement when the first ladies of the United States and Egypt paid her a home visit. "Khokha can be one of those ladies one day," she said, giggling.

"I was in the middle of the first lady of Egypt and the first lady of the world," said Khokha, or Dina al-Saleh, who plays the character from "Alam Simsim", Egypt's version of the children's TV show "Sesame Street."

Laura Bush and Suzanne Mubarak, wife of President Hosni Mubarak, visited the studio where the program is recorded on Monday, as part of the the American first lady's two-day visit to Egypt.

The program has been an innovative way to spread ideas of equality in a country where as much as half of the female population is illiterate and their will to participate in public life often clashes with religious and cultural conservatism.

Egypt's first female judge was appointed two years ago to a profession that had long been considered off limits for women. Women in Egypt are barely represented in parliament, although they do hold ministerial and diplomatic posts.
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