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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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December 8, 2014

REVISED Proposed Funding Allocation for FY 2015 - 2018 Violence Against Women Prevention & Intervention Grants Program

The Commission on the Status of Women will vote on the REVISED Proposed Funding Allocations for FY 2015-2018 Violence Against Women Prevention and Interventions Grants Programs on Wednesday, December 10, 2014. The Commission meeting will be held at 4:00 pm at City Hall, Room 263. View the meeting agenda on the Commission’s website. 


2015 Gender Equality Practices: Transforming Work Culture
Registration Now Open

In May 2014, the Department launched its second Gender Equality Principles Challenge, asking San Francisco Bay Area companies to share model practices that support working women and families. On Friday January 30, 2015, these companies will be showcased at 2015 Gender Equality Practices: Transforming Work Culture at Charles Schwab Center on 211 Main Street. Registrations can be found on Eventbrite. Early bird prices end January 16; space is limited, so get your tickets today!


October 6, 2014

Domestic Violence & Workplace Brochure

In connection with October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month which was launched on October 1 at City Hall by the Mayor, the city family, and community, we are excited to share a brochure on Domestic Violence & the Workplace developed for city employees by the Department on the Status of Women per a board resolution authored by Supervisor Eric Mar.   According to the Board of Supervisors Budget & Legislative Analyst, an estimated 1300 San Francisco city employees are survivors of domestic violence each year. If you or a colleague is experiencing or committing domestic violence, there is help.   The brochure provides information on workplace safety plans, how to support a co-worker who is being abused, workplace rights for abuse survivors, and community resources.

Domestic Violence & Workplace Brochure


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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