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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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Announcements

July 25, 2014

2014 Violence Against Women Community Needs Assessment Final Report

On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, the Commission on the Status of Women approved the 2014 Violence Against Women Community Needs Assessment Final Report, written by ETR Associates.

This report will help us with the 2014 Violence Against Women Prevention and Intervention Request for Funding Proposal (RFP) coming out this Fall.

For more details on the RFP, please visit our website later this Fall.

 

Click below for the full report.

2014 Violence Against Women Community Needs Assessment Final Report

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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

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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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