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Emily M. Murase, PhD

Executive DirectorWelcome to the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women! In 1998, San Francisco became the first city in the world to adopt a local ordinance reflecting the principles of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). In the intervening years, the Department has used the CEDAW human rights framework to guide our work and we have developed a number of innovative programs and tools to advance women's human rights. We have conducted gender analysis of City Departments as well as City Commissions and Boards to identify areas of gender inequality and make recommendations. Our flagship grants program, the Violence Against Women Intervention & Prevention Program, funds 24 community-based agencies to address domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

Emily M. Murase, PhD

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NOTICE OF CANCELLED MEETING

SAN FRANCISCO COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN
 
Notice is hereby given that the meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women scheduled for Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 4:00 pm at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 408, City Hall, San Francisco, California, has been cancelled due to lack of quorum.

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Our Work

Our Work

The Department primarily focuses on 4 program areas: Women's Human Rights, Violence Against Women, Women in the Workplace, and Girls.

Equality in the Workplace

Equality in the Workplace

Find important information on Gender Equality Principles Initiative, Family-Friendly Workplaces, Resources for Women in Work, and more.

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About the Commission

The Commission on the Status of Women (COSW) is a commission of the City and County of San Francisco whose purpose is to ensure women and girls equal economic, social, political and educational opportunities throughout the city.

Our Domestic Violence Ad Campaign received a Gold Award of Excellence from California Association of Public Information Officials at the annual CAPIO Awards program on April 13, 2016. 

The ads directed viewers to a website, LearnWhatToDo.org, which provides resources on how to help someone who is being abused.

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CAPIO award ceremony April 13, 2016

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