The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children campaign will take place from 25 November to 10 December 2017. This year the campaign will be held under the theme: “Count Me In: Together Moving a Non-Violent South Africa Forward”.  
Over the period government will convene a series of dialogues on violence against women and children to focus on the problem, discuss the causes and to find appropriate solutions. Through the dialogue sessions government will interact with community members who experience violence and abuse.  
From 26th November 2016, the Department of Women has managed to lead community dialogues in Limpopo, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga provinces to understand and address causes of gender based violence. The ultimate objective is for the dialogues to also be rolled out in the rest of the country, accordingly the next edition of the community dialogues are going to be held in the Eastern Cape to mark the 16/365 Days campaign.  
The dialogue sessions respond to the NDP Vision for 2030 which emphasises “building safer communities through an integrated approach”. It also responds to several outcomes identified in the MTSF (2014 – 2019).  
It is important that the 16 Days Campaign is not viewed as a stand-alone event.  It is another leg of the #365Days of Activism Campaign and #CountMeIn, which aims to mobilise members of society, especially men to join hands with government in the fight to curb Violence Against Women.