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
Unfinished Business in San Francisco: History and Next Steps for California's Paid Family Leave
In their new book, Unfinished Business, Eileen Appelbaum and Ruth Milkman document the history and impact of California's paid family leave program, the first of its kind in the United States, which began in 2004.
On February 12, Ms. Milkman will engage with a San Francisco audience on the topic. Her talk will emphasize the benefits of the program, obstacles to workers taking it and next steps in making sure workers and communities benefit from this great law.
Attendees will also hear from Bay Area community leaders who are working locally and statewide to expand awareness and our rights to take paid family leave. Light refreshments and drinks will be served.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:30 - 4:30 pm
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA
The Latino/Hispanic Room
(proceed down the stairs in the main building)
This event is cosponsored by: California Work & Family Coalition, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, Healthy Mothers Workplace, UC Berkeley Labor Center, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, and Equal Rights Advocates.
Join the conversation: #PaidLeaveSF
One Billion Rising For Justice-- February 14, 2014
San Francisco is embracing One Billion Rising and will host an event on the steps of City Hall where Mayor Ed Lee, District Attorney George Gascón, Commission on the Status of Women President Nancy Kirshner Rodriguez, Filipina Women’s Network President Marily Mondejar, V-Day Executive Director Susan Celia Swan, local community leaders and others will be there to stand and rise with One Billion Rising for JUSTICE. For more information, please review the flyer here (PDF).
JOIN US on Friday, February 14, 2014, 4:00 -6:00 PM
One Billion Rising for JUSTICE San Francisco
Friday, February 14, 2014
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
City Hall, Polk Street Steps
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102
Honoring Progress: The 2013 Gender Equality Practices
On January 30, the Gender Equality Council hosted "Honoring Progress: The 2013 Gender Equality Practices," the first event in the 21st Century Workplace Series. This innovative forum brought together more than 110 Bay Area leaders to discuss gender responsive workplace policies. Photos, video, and event summary coming soon. More information here.
SF Chronicle Article: City, private companies team to discuss women leaders in the workplace-- or the lack of them
APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED for the 2014 Violence Against Women (VAW) Community Needs Assessment RFP
Completed proposals must be received by 4 pm on Friday, January 24, 2014 at the office of the Department on the Status of Women. Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances. Postmarks will not be honored.
REVISED Notice of Funding Availability (PDF)
REVISED RFP Application (MS Word Document)
RFP Change Notice -- Application Deadline Extended (PDF)
Please note the updated timeline below:
December 19, 2013: E-Question Deadline
(Responses to E-Questions)
January 24, 2014 (4 pm): Applications Due.
February 26, 2014 (4 pm): Commission Review and Approval of Awards at City Hall, Room 408.
March 10, 2014: Grant Period Begins.
June 30, 2014: Grant Period Ends.
December 9, 2013
NEW RFP RELEASE: 2014 Violence Against Women Community Needs Assessment RFP
The Department invites applications for funding to conduct a community needs assessment in the area of services that address violence against women and girls in San Francisco, including survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. The 2014 VAW Community Needs Assessment must identify strengths of current programming, gaps in service, barriers to access, and recommendations moving forward.
Notice of Funding Availability (MS Word Document)
RFP Application (MS Word Document)
Below are the key dates:
December 9, 2013: RFP Release
December 19, 2013 (1 pm - 2:30 pm): Bidders Conference
December 19, 2013 (4 pm): E-Question Deadline
January 10, 2014 (4 pm): Applications Due.
November 14, 2013
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 event video and presentations by Donna Levitt (OLSE), Ann Lehman (DOSW), and Ana Victoria Fortes (DoL). Check out this FFWO fact sheet from the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center and other resources from the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement.
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.
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