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Women's Human Rights

 

 

Women’s rights are human rights. The Department is committed to advancing women’s human rights in San Francisco through CEDAW, a UN anti-discrimination treaty, and by working against human trafficking.  

 

United Nations Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

 

 

The Department on the Status of Women organizes its programs based on principles laid out in the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). San Francisco was the first city in the United States to adopt CEDAW as a local ordinance, in 1998, and the Department is responsible for ensuring its implementation.

 

The United Nations Fifth World Conference on Women

 

The Department is working to bring a generation-defining global women's conference to the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more about the effort, check out the facts, and learn how you can get involved.

 

Human Trafficking

 

 

The Department works closely with the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking (SFCAHT). Launched in 2010, SFCAHT is committed to ending human trafficking through collaboration, education, outreach, advocacy, and supporting survivors of human trafficking by taking a zero tolerance stance on exploitation, violence, and human trafficking. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Department has made ending violence against women a priority program area. In addition to providing resources and reports, the work of the Department in this program area comes in several forms:

 

 

Violence Against Women Prevention and Intervention Grants Program

 Approximately three-quarters of the Department's annual budget goes towards funding community-based organizations doing work to prevent or intervene in cases of violence against women and girls in San Francisco.

Justice and Courage

The Justice and Courage Project, a committee of the Commission on the Status of Women, seeks to end domestic violence by coordinating the system-wide response to this epidemic.

Family Violence Council

The Family Violence Council is a meeting body reformed in 2007 to address violence throughout the lifespan in San Francisco, including child abuse, domestic violence, and elder/dependent adult abuse.  

 

 

 

Women in the Workplace 

 

 

The Department is committed to advancing the rights of women in the workplace. We provide resources on topics such as sexual harassment and discrimination, recruitment of women in non-traditional fields, and the impact of the economic crisis on women. The Department also created the Gender Equality Principles Initiative.

The Gender Equality Principles Initiative

The Gender Equality Principles (GEP) Initiative is a groundbreaking program that helps companies around the world achieve greater gender equality and build more productive workplaces.

 

 

 

 

The Strategic Plan of the Commission and Department organizes the work into 2 primary areas: Women's Human Rights and Women's Health and Safety, though a human rights framework applies to all program and policy areas addressed by the Commission and Department.


 

WOMEN'S HUMAN RIGHTS

CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women), a UN Treaty, became a local ordinance in 1998. Find out about:

The Department provides information to individuals, community organizations, businesses and government related to women and girls' employment and economic independence. Find out about:

The Department believes in ensuring the advancement of sound policy that meets the needs of girls. Find out about:


WOMEN'S HEALTH AND SAFETY

Increasing public awareness and understanding of violence against women is a priority service area for the Department. Find out about:

The Department is working toward universal health care, and creating equity in access to health care for all San Francisco Women. Find out about our work in women's health.


 

USING A HUMAN RIGHTS FRAMEWORK

 

 

The Department on the Status of Women organizes its programs based on principles laid out in the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). San Francisco was the first city in the United States to adopt CEDAW as a local ordinance, and the Department is responsible for ensuring its implementation. The Department considers the rights laid out below as guiding principles for the policies and programs that have been prioritized in our work:

  • The Right to an Adequate Standard of Living - Employment and Economics programs, CEDAW programs
  • The Right to Bodily Integrity - Violence Against Women programs
  • The Right to Adequate Health Care - Health programs
  • The Right of Girls to Access to Education and Social Services - Girls programs
  • Implementation of CEDAW Ordinance - CEDAW programs

Find out ways you can get involved.

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