FREWEINI MEBRAHTU – WINNER OF G-CON AWARD 2019

(SELECTED ON OCTOBER 31, 2019 G.C)

Freweini Mebrahtu (Chemical Engineer, Inventor of a reusable menstrual pad, and 2019 CNN Hero)

SHORT BIOGRAPHY


Freweini was born in Ethiopia and educated in the United States, studied chemical engineering at P&V University. In 2005, she patented a reusable menstrual pad that can be used for up to 2 years with proper care. As of 2019, she employs hundreds of locals in Tigray region of Ethiopia, and makes more than 700,000 of the reusable pads that are mainly provided to non-governmental organizations.

Her menstrual product plus her educational campaign has helped in removing the stigma surrounding menstruation and stopped girls from dropping out of schools due to the stigma. The non profit organization Dignity Period has distributed more than 150,000 free menstrual supplies purchased from Freweni’s factory. It was reported that attendance among girls improved by 24 % due to this effort.

(Source: Wikipedia)

ACHIEVEMENTS

HER GREATEST CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY OR THE WORLD


  • In 2005 G.C: She patented a reusable menstrual pad that can be used for up to 2 years with proper care.
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