An art exhibition is a new highlight of the annual 16 Days of Activism campaign, when the community comes together to show their support for the prevention of domestic and family violence.

Art Through Their Eyes exhibition has been planned by Campbelltown Domestic Violence Committee to be held at Wests Leagues Club on Wednesday 22 November, from 4pm to 7pm, showcasing art entries from the community based on this year’s theme, UNITE! Invest to prevent violence against women and girls.

Selected entries will be displayed in the Campbelltown Civic Centre Foyer and HJ Daley Library until Sunday 10 December.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. The campaign was started by activists at the inauguration of the Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991.

In support, the United Nations Secretary-General launched in 2008 the campaign UNITE by 2030 to End Violence against Women, which runs parallel to the 16 Days of Activism.

Community activities in Campbelltown once again include the Driving Out Violence convoy, which will travel through the city on Friday 24 November, featuring 15 vehicles representing community groups, businesses, and emergency responders.

The convoy will make three scheduled stops at Minto Mall, Campbelltown Mall and Macarthur Square, where participants can explore information stalls held by the Campbelltown Domestic Violence Committee.

Mayor of Campbelltown George Greiss said that with the launch of the Domestic and Family Violence Strategy 2023-2026, Council outlined a clear commitment to ending domestic and family violence in our community.

“16 Days of Activism is a timely reminder of the role we all play in this process, and I encourage everyone to consider how they can get behind this important cause,” Dr Greiss said.

Photograph: Macarthur Women’s Cofee Club ladies with their artwork titled ‘Turn a cycle of violence into a circle of hope’