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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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November 6, 2014

2014 San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking Conference: Exploring the Hidden Epidemic of Labor Trafficking

On Wednesday, December 3, San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking (SFCAHT), in partnership with the Department on the Status of Women, will host a conference that addresses labor trafficking. The event will feature workshops focused on legislations, vulnerable industries and populations, protection and assistance to trafficked victims, prevention of labor trafficking, and the anatomy of a case.

Early bird tickets are available until Friday, November 14. Get yours today at:


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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