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


Gender Equality Principles: Challenge!

Applications for the 2017 ‪#‎GenderEqualityChallenge‬ are now open! Let us know how your company is encouraging a 21st century gender equitable workplace & send in your best practices by September 30, 2016.

Next Meeting

The next Commission on the Status of Women meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at 4:00 pm at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 408, City Hall, San Francisco, California



1402 Junior Clerk "Grants Associate"

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women awarded the Department a three-year grant to pilot a High Risk Domestic Violence Lethality Response Team composed of community advocates as well as officials from the San Francisco District Attorney's Office and the San Francisco Police Department. The Department is seeking a Grants Associate to help staff this project for the next two years. The appointment type is Permanent Exempt with a 20-hour work week (part-time).  Please click on the title above to link to the complete job description and to apply. 

The final filing date is Friday, August 26, 2016.

Questions regarding the recruitment or application process, please contact Gilda Cassanego at Gilda.Cassanego@sfgov.org  or 415-557-4859. 

Gender Equality Principles (GEP) Fellowship Program

We are seeking a graduate student or recent graduate for the position of Gender Equality Principles (GEP) Program Fellow.

 Submit applications by Friday, August 26, 2016.

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.


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