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Ethiopia’s Freweini Mebrahtu named CNN hero 2019

Freweini Mebrahtu CNN hero 2019

December 9, 2019

CNN has named Freweini Mebrahtu has the CNN hero of 2019.  She pioneered recyclable women sanitary pads in Ethiopia.

“Mebrahtu was presented with the Hero of the Year award Sunday night by hosts Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa,” reported CNN.

“I don’t even know what to say…I am so humbled and grateful for CNN … this is for all the girls and women everywhere. Dignity for all,” she said after receiving the award, as reported by CNN.

A chemical engineer by profession, she designed the reusable sanitary pads in 2005 – according to CNN report.  The factory she established produces 750,000 reusable pads per year.

Through her work, she championed stigma issues related to menstruation speaking to students in schools to teach them that it is natural to have it. And she has been working with not-for-profit organizations like Dignity Period. 

As a winner of 2019 CNN Hero of the year, Freweini will receive $100,000 which she can use to expand her work.  The ten finalists of this year’s competition will receive $10,000 cash. 

Thousands of Ethiopians have participated in the online voting to ensure that she is the winner of the award. 

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  1. I am madly proud of our dear countrywoman Freweini Mebrahtu for such life changing invention. Her monumental accomplishment once again qualifies beyond the shadow of a doubt my assertion that our woman possess immense and untapped ingenuity that can transform the old country for the good of the people economically and more so politically. If I have my way, I would like to see our women take the mantle of leading the country for the next 100 years. We men have had the monopoly of political power for so long that we have stopped heeding to reasons. We’ve gone rogue!!!! We have made one mess after another for ages. We make wars pitching one group of citizens against other fellow citizens for this or that stupid reason sending our country women’s children to their senseless demise. Rise up, organize, rebel peacefully and wrestle away the political mantle from us men just as soon as possible. Pester and nag the living daylight of every man in the political office and chase him out of there, Degage!!!!!! Out of sight!!! Way back in the line, way, way back!!! Go get’em tigress!!!


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