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CEDAW - Women's Human Rights Ordinance

Making Rights Real: A Workbook on the Local Implementation of Human Rights (WILD Booklet)
Published by Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) for Human Rights in 2006, this booklet provides resources and tips to implement CEDAW in your local community.

San Francisco CEDAW Ordinance 
Inspired by the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, and frustrated by the continued inability to get the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) ratified in the U.S. Congress, the women of San Francisco organized a successful effort to adopt a local ordinance reflecting the principles. In 1998 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the local ordinance, and the Department on the Status of Women oversees the implementation of it.

Road to Leadership: How to Get that Appointment, 2010 (pdf) 
This tool has been designed to help increase the number of women on City commissions and boards by providing information about these bodies and how to apply for positions.

Human Rights in Action 2010 (pdf) 
This report documents the work of the Department since the 1998 adoption of the local CEDAW Women's Human Rights Ordinance, providing examples of best practices to aid other municipalities in adopting similar measures.

Gender Responsive Budgeting: A Path to Accountability and Data-Based Policy-Making, February 2010 (pdf) 
On the forefront of accountability and transparency, San Francisco moves a step closer to Gender Responsive Budgeting with this report, a survey of demographic data collection practices of City departments.

Gender Analysis Guidelines
Learn how to conduct a gender analysis, an tool developed to ensure City departments have equitable policies, programs, services, and budgets.

CEDAW Gender Analysis Reports
Gender analyses were conducted at several City departments, and the original and follow-up reports are contained here.

CEDAW Task Force Action Plan Progress Reports
The CEDAW Task Force, per the CEDAW Ordinance, operated from 1998 to 2007. The work of the Task Force is documented in the Progress Reports.


Women Making History

March is nationally recognized as Women's History Month. Each year, the Commission and Department on the Status of Women work with the San Francisco Mayor and Board of Supervisors to recognize women in San Francisco who are courageous leaders improving the quality of life for San Franciscans.

2014 Women Making History Honorees


Human Rights and the City

Lecture Series, University of Ottowa, November 2010

Department on the Status of Women Executive Director Dr. Emily Murase speaks via video conference about San Francisco's landmark CEDAW Ordinance. View the lecture here.


United Nations Committee on the Status of Women Parallel Sessions

For the past two years, the Department's panels were accepted to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women's NGO CSW Forum Parallel Events.

2011: Violence Against the Girl Child, and How Women Learn to Earn

2012: Women. Create. Change. Proposed 5th World Conference on Women in San Francisco in 2015; and The Pursuit of Work-Life Balance Among Korean, Filipina, and American Women

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