As Afghanistan’s first Schwarzman Scholar, Sveto earned a master’s degree in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Prior to that, she completed her Business Administration degree at American University of Afghanistan. Sveto writes on the promotion of women’s rights in outlets such as the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, the Anna May Project, and Star Educational Society’s Interstellar Bulletin Newspaper and blogs for UN Women and Kayhan Life. She also volunteers widely with organizations like Everywoman Treaty, where she works on the first-ever International Treaty on Violence against Women. She is passionate about women’s economic empowerment and eliminating the ‘single story’ about her home country, Afghanistan, by representing Afghanistan on national and international platforms and promoting the unheard experiences of Afghan people.
Having lived in China for a year and absorbed negative perspectives that others have about life in Afghanistan inspired Sveto to combine her passion for fashion with national pride and create the first modest clothing brand in Afghanistan- showing the world that Afghanistan is much more than what people see in the media. As a women’s rights activist, she is committed to making Ayat a women-owned and women-led Afghan brand.
In addition to Ayat, Sveto was inspired to contribute to ‘storytelling’ through her new initiative, the Chadari project. She also uses her own stories about her experiences as a woman entrepreneur to create a successful business, to inspire, motivate and encourage young women to believe in themselves. She encourages young people for gender equality through her motivational speeches on various platforms.