Emily M. Murase, PhD

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.

Emily M. Murase, PhD


San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women Strategic Planning

As of the 5/20/19 deadline, the Department did not receive any questions related to the RFQ on strategic planning.


The Department on the Status of Women is recruiting for two (2) Public Policy Fellows to work in the Department’s San Francisco office. The ideal candidates can commitment to a 9-10 month fellowship, and be in the office between 24-32 hours a week. A stipend of $16/hour is available for the positions.

Public Policy Fellow focused on Gender Equality

Public Policy Fellow focused on Family Violence



Note: Regular COSW meetings start time changed to 5 pm

May Meeting
Wednesday, May 22, 2019  5pm
City Hall, Room 408


June Meeting
Wednesday, June 26, 2019  5pm
City Hall, Room 408

View 2019 Meeting Schedule

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Our Work

Our Work

The Department primarily focuses on 3 program areas: CEDAW: Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, Gender Equity, and Violence Prevention & Intervention.

Equality in the Workplace

Equality in the Workplace

Find important information on Gender Equality Principles Initiative, Family-Friendly Workplaces, Resources for Women in Work, 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.

The Commission celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015 and to commemorate it we produced a video short.
Watch it and learn about our rich history.

Commission on the Status of Women 40th Anniversary Video

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