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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.

Emily M. Murase, PhD


August 14, 2015

Violence Against Women Prevention and Intervention Grants Program Bidders Conference Minutes & Response to E-Questions

Completed applications must be received no later than 12 noon on Friday, August 21, 2015 to be eligible for funding.

Bidders Conference Minutes 08/13/15

Response to E-Questions Received by 08/14/15


August 10, 2015

Violence Against Women Prevention and Intervention Grants Program Funding Available

The San Francisco Department on the Status of Women is soliciting proposals from qualified service providers to provide comprehensive gender based violence services in the area of prevention and education for Filipina women and girls, and community-building and prevention and education for LGBTQ individuals in the City and County of San Francisco. The Request for Proposals is available Monday, August 10, 2015, and all proposals must be submitted by 12 noon on Friday, August 21, 2015. 

rfp_vaw grant program_NOFA_august 2015.pdf

Application Documents:


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

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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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