Emily M. Murase, PhD

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


Human Trafficking Fellowship Opening


The San Francisco Department on the Status of Women is seeking a graduate student or recent college graduate for the position of Human Trafficking Fellow for a 10-month period October 2017 – June 2018. The Fellow will be expected to work in the Department’s Civic Center office, three days a week during regular business hours, and occasional evening events, for a minimum of 24-hours per week. A stipend of $15/hour is available for the Fellow position. The position reports to the Department’s Women’s Policy Director. 

Information     Open until filled. 

Next Meeting

Wednesday, September 27, 2017  4-6 pm 
San Francisco City Hall, Room 408
San Francisco, California  94102


Our Work

Our Work

The Department primarily focuses on 3 program areas: Women's Human Rights, Violence Against Women, Women in the Workplace.

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.

The Commission celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015 and to commemorate it we produced a video short.
Watch it and learn about our rich history.

Commission on the Status of Women 40th Anniversary Video

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