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


The San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women promotes equitable treatment and fosters the advancement of women and girls throughout San Francisco through policies, legislation, and programs, both within City and County government and in the private sector, that focus on populations in need.


Strategic Planning Request for Qualifications Results

 Qualifications from 3 interested contractors were received on May 31, 2019. Today, on July 8, a tentative award of contract was sent to Dalberg for Commission strategic planning and to Julie Weber/Julie Gieseke to provide strategic planning services for the San Francisco Family Violence Council and the Mayor’s Task Force on Anti-Human Trafficking.

The Commission on the Status of Women is scheduled to approve these contracts at its regular meeting on Wednesday, July 24, 5 – 7 pm at City Hall Room 408. The meeting is open to the public. Services will commence pending contractor’s submittal of all required documents and Commission approval.


Public Policy Fellow focused on Family Violence

The Department on the Status of Women is recruiting for a Public Policy Fellow 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 $16.50/hour is available for the position. 


July Meeting
Wednesday, July 24, 2019  5pm
City Hall, Room 408


August Meeting
Wednesday, August 28, 2019  5pm
City Hall, Room 408

View 2019 Meeting Schedule


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