Founded in 1976, the Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women organizes events in the community to raise public awareness and funding for work of the San Francisco Commission and Department on the Status of Women. The three key policiy areas we focus our work on are stopping violence against women, eliminating human trafficking and promoting gender equality.


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Visit our events page for additional listings and a calendar of events and gatherings hosted/organized by our community partners.
Thursday, September 20, 2018 10:30 AM • Golden Gate Ballroom @ the Marriott Marquis, 780 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


Leveling the Playing Field: Best Practices for Gender Pay Equity in the Workplace  

Compiled by former commissioner Amy Ackerman and former Department on the Status of Women staffer Ann Lehman for the New York City Commission on Gender Equity, the resource guide discusses the many best practices employees can adopt to promote pay equity.  

For a copy of the resource guide, click here.

Equal Pay Initiative Launch at December 2017 Press Conference

Thank you to Supervisor Katy Tang, Assessor Recorder Carmen Chu and Commissioner Marjan Philhour for championing our equal pay initiative which will provide women in San Francisco training to expertly negotiate their own salaries and benefits.

To learn more about the initiative and for a listings of upcoming salary negotiation workshops in your community, visit our Salary Negotiation Workshop web page.

Congratulations to the Recipients of 2017 CEDAW Women's Human Rights Awards!

The board of directors gratefully acknowledge the support of sponsors and donors whose contributions made this year's celebration possible. Their generosity enables the FRIENDS to organize community events to raise public awareness about issues affecting the lives of San Francisco Bay Area women and girls.

For a list of sponsors, donors, community partners and to view the photos from the CEDAW Awards Breakfast, click here.

If you were not able to join us at the CEDAW Awards Breakfast but would like to support our programs and initiatives:


Meet Sheri Shuster at the CEDAW Women Human Rights Awards Breakfast 

Filmmaker Sheri Shuster will share a film sample of her latest project at the CEDAW Awards Breakfast on November 3rd at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco. Still I Rise explores how ignoring the relationship between racism and sexual exploitation perpetuates human trafficking. Learn more about Still I Rise here and register to join us for our annual celebration here.

Breaking the Grape Ceiling: Women in Wine at the Welcome Reception for the Association of Commissions for Women

A special thank you to our dynamic guest speakers Lauren Ackerman, co-founder of Ackerman Family Vineyards and Pam Starr, co-owner and wine maker at Crocker & Starr Wines.

Pictured (top row, left to right): Katharine Earhart (Friends VP), Val Ashford Hal (Friends nomination co-chair), Lauren Ackerman, Patricia Bovan (Friends secretary), Pam Starr, Iraina Miles (Friends treasurer), Verna Liza Caba (Friends executive director)

(bottom row, left to right): Patti Morse, Dr. Emily Murase Friends board member and Department on the Status of Women director), Jane Winter (YWCA executive director, and Faye Mellos (Friends membership chair).

Meet Sali Christeson, CEO and Eleanor Turner, Chief Creative Officer at Argent.

Read their stories in the links below.  Find out how they're "connecting women with opportunities and skill sets to navigate their careers." Then register for the TEAM Event: Together Everyone Achieves More  on September 19th and join us as we change the conversation and your clothes!

Women in Business Q & A in Huffpost

Rooted in Silicon Valley, made mostly in NYC, and now in DC in Vogue

Two millenilliels behind the new pantsuit in Glamour


Join us to pledge your support and commitment to

Inspiring an Equal Future: To lead change so women and girls have equal opportunity and are free from violence.


Helps us implement Friends initiatives and programs not funded by the City of San Francisco such as:

Freedom FWD: Working to end the commercial sexual exploitation of youth in San Francisco and supporting survivors.

Gender Equality Principles Initiative:  Providing companies with practical standards, tools, and resources to improve gender equality from the factory floor to the boardroom.

100 Girls Who Will One Day Influence the World: Mentoring and providing pathways for girls to seek opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

Grant funding for organizations like SFCAHT and its Anti-Human Trafficking Teen Poster Contest


Lead Change to Make a Difference - Whether you can give a few minutes a day, a few hours a week or a couple of months during the year, there is a place for you with the Friends to make a difference in the lives of women and girls in San Francisco.  Complete the online volunteer interest form to help us best determine how we can meet your needs and ours.

We are currently seeking volunteers in the following areas:

- Fundraising and Development

- Membership Management

- Phone Banking

- Volunteer Recruitment

    - Website Development and General IT Support

     Affiliated Service Providers Seeking Volunteers:

     - Asian Women's Shelter


CEDAW Women's Human Rights Awards - We are now planning for our annual fundraising event. Awards are given for leadership demonstrated in multiple sectors of the community, including education, entrepreneurship, government, health, labor, media and philanthropy which represent the CEDAW (UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women) principles. We are looking for volunteers experienced in fundraising, marketing, and public relations. If you are interested, please email Verna Liza Caba at

International Women's Day - Share your event planning skills or ideas and help us host a city-wide celebration.  With women and men joining forces each of us can lead in our own way, and take bold action to accelerate gender parity.  If you are interested, please email us at

The Friends will celebrate International Women's Day 2018 on Thursday, March 8th.


SAN FRANCISCO POLICE DEPT TRAFFICKING TIP LINE (Report suspicious activities): 1-415-643-6233

NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE (If you are being forced to work or sell your body. You can get help): 1-888-373-7888


Order photo prints from Friends events

Department on the Status of Women Family Violence Council

Justice and Courage Oversight Panel
SF Gender Equality Principles Initiative

Resources for women


Mailing Address:

Friends COSW

PO Box 191482

San Francisco, CA 94119

Phone: 415.779.6636 


Newsletter and Calendar Listing:

Executive Director:

Verna Liza Caba 


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