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It is an absolute honor to welcome Freweini Mebrahtu to Up/Root! Freweini is a global leader in menstrual health management and CNN's 2019 Hero of the Year for her work to eliminate the stigma associated with periods and her 15-year campaign to provide women and girls in Ethiopia equitable access to reusable pads. She started Mariam Seba Sanitary Products Factory in Mekelle, Ethiopia in 2005 and her factory is staffed by over 60 women who now produce over 1 million reusable sanitary pads annually. Freweini partners with Mekelle University and Dignity Period in her mission to restore period justice to Ethiopia and since 2009, they have reached more than 800,000 students. Research shows that schools visited by Dignity Period have a 24% increase in attendance among girls and for only $5 a year, you can support a young girl's access to the sanitary pads she needs. Please go to dignityperiod.org to read more and contribute to her extraordinary work in Ethiopia. If you want to help end period poverty in Kenya, please consider giving to Project Imagine (projectimagine.net), a student-led campaign that was established in 2015. For more information on how you can get involved in the period movement in the US, go to https://www.period.org/. Useful data on the issue in Ethiopia can be found here: http://www.pma2020.org/sites/default/files/ETR5-MHM%20brief-v1-2017-08-14_0.pdf. This episode was edited and recorded by Bukachi Akatsa of BTSU studios (bstu.av@gmail.com). The Up/Root jingle is performed and written by my daughter, Selah!

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