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.
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Welcome 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. Together with domestic violence response policy reforms initiated by our Justice & Courage Oversight Panel, domestic violence homicide has plunged 80% from an annual average of 10 murders a decade ago to 1 or 2 today, which is still too many, but a major improvement. For our work, the UN Institute for Research and Training awarded San Francisco the 2010 Gender Equality Award. We invite you to join us in our efforts to promote the human rights of women and girls, not just in San Francisco, but everywhere.
Emily M. Murase, PhD
The Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance and Your Business
On November 13th, our expert panel discussed development and implementation of the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance. Take a look at each presentation to learn just exactly what the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance will mean for you and your business. For more information, review the presentations by Donna Levitt (OLSE), Ann Lehman (DOSW), and Ana Victoria Fortes (DoL). Please check back in the next couple of weeks for the event summary and video.
FORUM: What the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance Means for You and Your Business
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Time: 9:00-11:00 am
Location: Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
In October, the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance was passed and will go into effect for all San Francisco businesses with over 20 employees on January 1, 2014. This ordinance gives employees the right to request a flexible work arrangement and gives the employer the right to refuse for legitimate business reasons. More about the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance.
This forum is for employers, managers, and employees alike! The ordinance opens the door for a dialogue between the employee and employer about flexible work arrangements. In addition, because of the ever more complicated work-family dynamic and sky-high cost of living, the ordinance begins to address the broader issue of family flight that has taken hold of San Francisco.
Award Decision for San Francisco Response to Human Trafficking RFP
At the October 23, 2013, Commission on the Status of Women meeting, the Commission unanimously approved the funding recommendation to fund Asian Women’s Shelter for $75,000 for January 1, 2014 – June 30, 2014, and $150,000 for July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015, for the San Francisco Response to Human Trafficking Grant Opportunity.
Proposed Funding Allocation (MS Word Document):
The Commission on the Status of Women will vote on the Proposed Funding Allocation for the San Francisco Response to Human Trafficking Grant Opportunity on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. The Commission meeting will be held at 5:00 pm at City Hall, Room 408. View the meeting agenda on the Commission's website.
FY12-13 Annual Report (PDF):
See all the amazing things our small but mighty Department has accomplished last year.
August 26, 2013
August 26, 2013: RFP Release
August 28, 2013: Bidder's Conference (minutes from conference)
August 30, 2013: E-Question Deadline (answers to e-questions)
September 23, 2013 (4 pm): Applications Due