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 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.
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:
- Gender Analysis of City Departments
- San Francisco Gender Equality Principles Initiative in the private sector
- Local implementation of CEDAW
The Department provides information to individuals, community organizations, businesses and government related to women and girls' employment and economic independence. Find out about:
- Women and the Economic Downturn
- Sexual Harassment Rights
- Work-Life Balance Information
- Women in Non-Traditional Fields
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:
- Justice and Courage Project: Creating a seamless criminal justice response to domestic violence
- Family Violence Council: Addressing violence throughout the lifespan, including child abuse, domestic violence, and elder/dependent adult abuse
- Violence Against Women Prevention and Intervention (VAW) Grants Program: Establishing service delivery systems for those experiencing domestic or sexual violence
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