Menstruation is an essential fact of life, but in many parts of the world it’s considered taboo. This leads many girls to skip school during their period or even drop out. Freweini Mebrahtu struggled with this growing up in Ethiopia, but after earning an engineering degree in the U.S., she returned home and designed a solution. Now, she manufactures reusable menstrual pads and works with local partners to distribute them for free while battling the cultural stigma by educating girls and boys about this issue. To date, nearly 800,000 girls and women have benefitted from her work.
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