Zarlasht Sarwari is a PhD Candidate at Western Sydney University in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology. Her research involves exploring the transnational and intersectional dimensions of Afghan Australian identities. She has formerly undertaken roles within government and the higher education sector but currently focusing on research and writing. She recently received a fellowship with Lost In Books to work on a bilingual picture book. She is currently also working on a novel about the lives of Afghani-Australian women and is being mentored through The Finishing School program.