Papua New Guinea is one of the least safe places in the world to be a woman. 67 per cent of women in PNG have reported being abused by a partner or ex-partner; that number increases to 100 per cent in the Highlands. These figures are staggering, and unacceptable, which is why Nikki Wright formed a team to raise funds by running in the Canberra Times Marathon, for UN Women’s Safe Buses program in Port Moresby.

UN Member states have agreed that gender equality and the empowerment of women must be given priority in future discussions on what should be included in the next set of sustainable development goals.