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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