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Q: What is the Commission on the Status of Women?

A: The San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women is a seven member body appointed by the Mayor whose purpose it is to ensure that women and girls have equal opportunities throughout the City and County of San Francisco.

Q: What is CEDAW?

A: CEDAW is The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination, an international bill of rights that focuses on women’s rights as human rights and addresses the advancement of women. The treaty was adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly, and it defines discrimination against women as "...any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex which has the effect or purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise by women, irrespective of their marital status, on a basis of equality of men and women, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field."

Q: What is the local CEDAW Ordinance?

A: In 1998, San Francisco became the first municipality to adopt a local CEDAW Ordinance (No.128-98).

Q: When are the Commission meetings?

A: Commission meetings are held at 4 pm on the fourth Wednesday of the month and take place in City Hall, Room 408. To find out more, join our email list or contact our office: 415-252-2570,
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