Place Of Residency:
Zarlasht Sarmast is an independent TV/Film producer/director, journalist and women’s rights activist born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan. She began her career at a very young age in (2006) while presenting and producing radio segments for “Powerful Youth,” broadcasted by Radio Television Afghanistan. She was then invited to produce/ present a TV program entitled “Future Makers,” funded by JICA and broadcast on RTA. The program featured young peace ambassadors and activists working on nation peace- building initiatives throughout the country. In 2008, she joined “Crime Scene Afghanistan” as the show's youngest presenter. During this time, she worked alongside award-winning Afghan journalist Amin Haqjo, while anchoring weekly segment on the Rights of Children & Youth. Her segment focused on articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In 2012, she joined the production team of “AAW: Afghanistan At Work” as the shows youngest producer and script editor of the team.
Zarlasht was named as Afghanistan’s Youth Peace Ambassador in 2011 and 2013. The title was bestowed upon her by the Afghan National Jirga for her continuous efforts in advocating for the rights of youth and women Afghanistan. Her past projects include, the Sound Central Music Festival for Youth, the Peace Campaign and Art Installation entitled “We Believe in Balloons” and as the director/producer of “We Believe in Artists” web series, as well as the ongoing film project “Creative Despite War.” Zarlasht was invited to Washington DC to attend a 10-day “Bag Pack Video Journalism” workshop by Bill Gentile, of the American University, with seasoned producers, directors, filmmakers from the likes of: CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera. Soon there after, Zarlasht successfully performed a 5-month internship with Voice of America (VOA).
Zarlasht's extracurricular activities include the following: Founding Member of the Afghanistan Youth Civil Society Association, Women in Film and Video in Afghanistan and a member of the 1st Women’s Olympic Cycling team,
Currently, she is studying International and Comparative Politics and the American University of Central Asia, working with GIZ’s communication office in Central Asia and working as a moderator in English Zone course in Bishkek.