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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


Notice of Funding Availability - Violence Against Women Prevention and Intervention Grant for Arab and Muslim Services

The San Francisco Department on the Status of Women is soliciting proposals from qualified service providers to provide comprehensive gender based violence services, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking services as part of the Department’s Violence Against Women Prevention and Intervention (VAW) Grants Program to the Arab and Muslim community as part of the Department’s ongoing commitment to provide a full range of violence against women and girls prevention and intervention services in the City and County of San Francisco.  The Request for Proposals is available Friday, April 22, 2016, and all proposals must be submitted by 12 noon on Friday, May 6, 2016.

Notice of Funding Availability


Application Documents:


Cover Page


Grant Plan

Budget Forms

Required Attachments

Appendix A

Appendix B

May 2, 2016 Meeting

Bidders Conference Agenda

Bidders Conference Minutes

Answers to e-Questions


Our Domestic Violence Ad Campaign received a Gold Award of Excellence from California Association of Public Information Officials at the annual CAPIO Awards program on April 13, 2016. 

The ads directed viewers to a website,, which provides resources on how to help someone who is being abused.

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Rae Quigley and Minouche Kandel receive the CAPIO Award


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    Our Work

    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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