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Executive Director

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.

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August 15, 2014

San Francisco Regional Input for Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action 20th Anniversary Review

2015 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which was adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, 1995). Every five years, UN member states are asked by UN Women to conduct a national review of the progress made and challenges met in implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. 

The San Francisco Department on the Status of Women has submitted a Regional Review of San Francisco to the State Department's Office of Global Women's Issues and UN Women Civil Society. 

San Francisco Department on the Status of Women Regional Input.pdf

San Francisco is dedicated to advancing women's human rights. Department staff and Commissioners annually attend the parallel sessions of the UN Commission on the Status of Women to report on San Francisco's achievements using the CEDAW framework. We can't wait for CSW 59 in March 2015!


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, Resources for Women in Work, Work-Life Balance 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.

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