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  • Tuesday, March 27, 2012 9:30 AM | Deleted user
    Here is a nice article on the Women's History Month awards ceremony in BeyondChron.  Rochelle Metcalfe, BeyondChron reporter, is interested in covering more of the Department on the Status of Women's work in the future.  Thank you to Carol Sacco and the team for the photo!

  • Thursday, March 15, 2012 10:27 AM | Anonymous member

                                                                                           8 March 2012

    on the occasion of the

    The President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser and the Secretary-General of the United Nations H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon would like to jointly propose the convening of a Global Conference on Women by the United Nations in 2015, twenty years after the last women’s summit in Beijing.

    Given that women compose the half of humanity and the inherent importance and relevance of women issues for the global progress, it is high time that such a world conference is convened, more so as the world is going through enormous changes in all fronts having both positive and other implications for women.

    The President of the General Assembly and the Secretary-General hope that the international community in general would welcome this joint initiative. They also hope that the Member-States who have the final authority to convene the proposed conference would take the necessary step in that regard during the on-going 66th session of the General Assembly.

    They believe that high point that the UN reached with the establishment of UN-Women in 2011 can be meaningfully substantiated with a global programme focusing on women and articulated at the Fifth Conference.
    The Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing which adopted in 1995 the current Forward-Looking Platform of Action was preceded by three such world conferences beginning in 1975 in Mexico City, in 1980 in Copenhagen and in 1985 in Nairobi, held in intervals of five years. The enthusiasm of civil society, particularly women’s organizations, for such a conference has added extra strength to the general support expected for the proposal.

    The Assembly President and the Secretary-General believe that a world conference on women would do justice in looking closely not only at the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action but also at the emerging issues, in particular  those relating to women and political participation, UNSCR 1325 related  issues on women and peace & security, equal access to decent work and to decision-making, involvement of rural women and girls as well as aid effectiveness, food security, trafficking, drugs, migration, environment, climate change, information technology  which impact on women in various ways  at all levels. As a result, naturally these have implications for nations and societies as a whole. With their manifested complexities, all those areas need to be addressed in a holistic manner, benefitting from ever-widening potentials of global connectivity.

    In all these, role and involvement of the young people, particularly women, would bring in an important dimension of intergenerational empowerment that did not get a deserving prominence in earlier conferences.

    Download PDF of this announcement here.

  • Thursday, March 08, 2012 2:28 PM | Anonymous member

    First since Beijing 1995. Would utilize internet technology. Simultaneous satellite conferences could be held worldwide. Would energize global women’s moment.

    To sign the petition,

    Growing support for a UN 5th World Conference on Women (5WCW) was evident in the numbers of NGO delegates wearing large blue 5WCW buttons, and in speeches and panels during meetings of the 56th Commission on the Status of Women (February 27-March 9, 2012).

    This grassroots campaign for) begun in 2002, led by activist-author Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, backed by four prominent ECOSOC Consultative Status NGOs, was joined by Ambassador Gertrude I. Mongella, Secretary-General of the Beijing Conference and first president of the Pan-African Parliament who came to New York specifically as a 5WCW advocate, and in the address by Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury, former president of the Security Council, whose efforts led to the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1325, the Women, Peace, and Security resolution.

    Both respected leaders emphasized that new issues deeply concerning women have arisen since 1995: the rise of terrorism, climate change, food scarcity, lack of safe water, economic recession and its effect on women and girls. And that fears for undoing the Beijing Platform for Action, some of whose goals have been opposed by fundamentalist religious leaders should not stand in the way of all the benefits: inspiring a new generation of women leaders, energize the global women’s movement, reach people worldwide through technology to raise awareness of problems to women, new and available solutions.  

    A large delegation from San Francisco birthplace of the UN where the UN charter was signed, came to lobby for San Francisco as the host-city, which while premature until the UN General Assembly supports a 5th World Conference on Women, added to the momentum. A petition in support of 5WCW now has over 13,000 signatures.

    To sign the petition,

  • Tuesday, February 21, 2012 10:41 PM | Deleted user
    Emily Murase, director of the Department on the Status of Women, was interviewed by SF Chronicle regarding domestic violence in San Francisco. Read more...
  • Tuesday, February 21, 2012 10:22 PM | Deleted user
    One of the thousands of 'miracles' we see in San Francisco every year. - Beverly Upton, Executive Director, San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium & Partners Ending Domestic Abuse

    An article from SFGate reported the importance of the domestic violence intervention work. Read more...
  • Thursday, February 16, 2012 2:00 PM | Deleted user
    Today, Feb. 16th, La Casa de las Madres will unite with the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium, Futures Without Violence, city leaders, and elected officials to unveil this billboard! Read more...
  • Wednesday, February 15, 2012 1:07 PM | Anonymous member
    On Wed, Feb 1, 2012 -- 9:00 AM California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was on KQED's Forum with Michael Krasny.

    Click through to KQED's Forum site at to listen to an audio podcast of his interview.

    Around the last 3-4 minutes of the interview, you will hear his very positive response and high praise for the SF Commission.

    Thanks to FRIENDS Board Member Barbara Mark for getting the Lieutenant Governor to acknowledge the Commission!
  • Wednesday, February 01, 2012 3:06 PM | Anonymous member
    "Emily Murase, director of the city’s Department on the Status of Women, said the elimination of the state version comes as state programs relied upon by poor women, including CalWorks and childcare programs, are on the chopping block. “At precisely the time when women most need a voice at the table, most need advocates, I just don’t see how it makes any sense at all,” she said."

    More at SFGate's City Insider blog.
  • Friday, July 15, 2011 2:59 PM | Anonymous member
    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee appoints Marily Mondejar to the SF Redistricting Task Force

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