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



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.


Press for Progress: San Francisco Celebrates 20 Years As A CEDAW City - 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 Press for Progress to accelerate gender parity.  Call 415.779.6636 for more information.

The Friends will celebrate International Women's Day 2018 on Thursday, March 24th.

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


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.


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


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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