Annual Events

CEDAW Women's Human Rights Award Ceremony

In September, the Friends of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women hosts a luncheon to recognize the women and men who advance women's human rights. The award is given to those who demonstrate leadership in various sectors in the community, including Edcuation, Entrepeneurship, Health, Government, Labor, Media, Philanthropy, and much more. For more information on past awardees and future luncheons, please visit the Friends of the Commission website.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Department hosts a press event on the steps of City Hall with community advocates and government officials at the beginning of the month, and City Hall is lit in purple in recognition of this important month. The Department raises awareness among City Departments by organizing an Annual Cell Phone Drive. The cell phones collected are donated to the Verizon Wireless HOPELine Program, which refurbishes used phones and provides them to women in need through domestic violence programs. The Department collects used cell phones year-round, and has provided the HOPELine program with over 5,000 phones since 2008.

Women's History Month and the "Women Making a Difference" Awards

In March, Mayor Edwin M. Lee and each member of the Board of Supervisors honor a woman from his or her district who is making a difference in her community. The Department, Commission, and Friends of the Commission host a reception to celebrate the accomplishments of these amazing women in the community.

March is nationally recognized as Women’s History Month. In 1980, a group of women came together in Santa Rosa, California to form the National Women’s History Project, a coalition that successfully lobbied Congress and the White House to designate the week of March 8th (International Women’s Day) as National Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress expanded the celebration, resulting in the entire month of March being declared National Women’s History Month.

Since 1996, the San Francisco Commission and Department on the Status of Women, in partnership with the Mayor and Board of Supervisors, celebrate this month with a public ceremony to recognize the contributions of women in the community.

Below you will find a listing of the amazing San Francisco women who have been honored since 2005. Click here to view the list of women honored for each year.


NGO Committee on the Status of Women, New York Annual Forums

Annually, at the same time that the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women meet, the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, New York (NGO CSW/NY) hosts parallel sessions with NGOs from around the world so they can contribute to the conversation. Since 2011, the Department has participated in these forums by organizing Parallel Events.

One Billion Rising for Justice

Approximately 1 billion women and girls are assaulted each year. This world wide event takes place on Valentine's Day. Together with V-Day, the Office of the District Attorney, and the Board of Supervisors, the Department on the Status of Women organizes the local San Francisco event, where thousands of community advocates, survivors of violence, and government officials demand the end of violence against women. For more information, visit the official One Billion Rising wesbite.