Women's History Month
Annually, in March, the Mayor and members 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.
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.
Click here to view the theme and list of women honored for each year.
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.
CEDAW Women's Human Rights Award Ceremony
In the Fall, the Friends of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women hosts a luncheon to recognize 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.
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
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.