A female soldier's conversation with workmates about the challenges of menstruating while out on the field resulted intheissuing of menstruation packs by the New Zealand Defense Forceto those who need them. Her idea wontwo Army Innovation Challenge Awards.The packs, which are kept in a dry bag, contain eco-friendly products by New Zealand producers and suppliers. It's a positive change for soldiers who have previously not had a solution, saysPrivate Thompson, who won the innovation awards."We have discovered women-run businesses and Mori businesses. They are socially conscious and donate proceeds to women in period poverty, so there's a whole concept.

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