Join Us for Virtual Town Halls

A Message from Commission on the Status of Women President Breanna Zwart 


Even in this time of social distancing and self-isolation, we are still a community. There are steps that we can all take in order to help address the inequities laid bare by COVID-19. 
For example, we can be mindful about our purchasing power, choosing to buy products from the small women-owned businesses that have been hit especially hard by the necessary business closures. We can keep in mind the victims of domestic violence and donate needed items or cash to shelters. And we can continue to create space for dialogue among community members, businesses, nonprofits, and government leaders about the gender inequities that are only more glaring in the wake of the pandemic.   
Being apart doesn’t mean that we have to face this challenging time alone. As more of us grow accustomed to meeting up remotely via virtual platforms like Zoom and Facetime for work and socializing, we have more opportunities than ever to connect on efforts to strengthen our community as well.
That’s why the San Francisco Department of the Status of Women collaborated with community partners, including the Office of Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) and New America California, to hold a series of virtual town halls. These interactive discussions with local leaders and community organizations on the front lines of our neighborhoods helped educate audience members about some of the ways that COVID-19 has uniquely impacted vulnerable members of our community, such as sexual assault survivors and domestic violence survivors. We also want to shine a light on how the needed closures of businesses has especially impacted women-owned businesses. We shared how we’re coming together to address issues impacting women and girls in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic – and how all of us can play a role in ensuring a healthy and safe community for all. 
Watch our virtual town halls focused on urgent topics emerging from the crisis:
  • Understanding Trauma & Sexual Violence During COVID-19
  • Thursday, May 7, 5:00-6:30 pm
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  • Building Community and Safety for Domestic Violence Survivors During COVID-19
  • Tuesday, May 19, 5:00-6:30 pm
  • View Recording
  • How Can We Support Women-Owned Businesses in San Francisco During COVID-19?
  • Tuesday, June 16, 5:00-6:30 pm
  • View Recording
Even as we spend more time at home to save lives, it’s still on us to build a community of justice and opportunity for all; please join us, and spread the word.
Breanna Zwart, President
Commission on the Status of Women