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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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January 23, 2015

Update on Proposed Funding Allocations for FY2016 - 2018 Violence Against Women Prevention & Intervention Grants Program

UPDATE: The Commission on the Status of Women will vote on the revised Funning Allocations for the FY 2016-2018 Violence Against Women Prevention and Intervention Grants Program on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. The Commission meeting will be held at 4:00 pm at City Hall, Room 408. Click here for the Commission meeting agenda.

Below is the Revised Funding Allocations for the FY 2016-2018 Violence Against Women Prevention and Intervention Grants Program. The Commission meeting is open to the public; you are welcome, and encouraged, to attend.

REVISED VAW Funding Recommendations FY2016-2018


January 7, 2015

Commission on the Status of Women Appointments to Equal Pay Advisory Board - Application Now Open!

Approved by Mayor Edwin M. Lee on December 17, 2014, the Equal Pay Ordinance requires certain city contractors to submit annual reports of employee compensation to identify wage discrimination. The Advisory Board will recommend best practices for collection and analysis of wage data to identify pay inequity within six months of its inaugural meeting, thereafter meeting at least once every four months to evaluate the effectiveness of its recommendations. Click here for appointee requirements and application process.

2015 Gender Equality Practices: Transforming Work Cultures 

Join San Francisco Board of Supervisor President Katy Tang and Supervisor Scott Wiener to recognize the 2015 Gender Equality Practices by San Francisco Bay Area companies onn Friday January 30, 2015! Click to here register on Eventbrite. Early bird prices end January 16; space is limited, so get your tickets today!


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

Find important information on Gender Equality Principles Initiative, Resources for Women in Work, Work-Life Balance and more.

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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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