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  • Thursday, February 07, 2013 3:23 PM | Anonymous

    From the City Insider blog by Heather Knight for
    "Take heed, San Franciscans. Anybody walking in or around City Hall  on the afternoon of Valentine’s Day risks the sure-to-be awkward sight of seeing our city officials dancing. There’s even talk of a flash mob."

    Read more:

  • Thursday, February 07, 2013 3:15 PM | Anonymous

    FRIENDS President Marily Mondejar and Julie Soo, president of the Commission on the Status of Women talk about One Billion Rising in this article by Christian Watjen for The Epoch Times.
    "I will dance for every victim and survivor of social violence in San Francisco and to raise awareness that every woman and girl can live free of fear and violence."
    —Marily Mondejar, president, Filipina Women’s Network
    Read more:

    San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón speaks (L), while Marily Mondejar, president of the Fi
    San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón speaks (L), while Marily Mondejar, president of the Filipina Women’s Network, and David Chiu, president of the Board of Supervisors, look on, at a press conference at San Francisco City Hall on Feb. 5, 2013, for "One Billion Rising," a global awareness event on Feb. 14 that demands an end to violence against women. (Lear Zhou/The Epoch Times)
  • Friday, August 24, 2012 5:02 PM | Deleted user
    The heated debate on Ross Mirkarimi from this Wednesday's Commission Hearing made the news this morning! Check out the SFGate article here.
  • Wednesday, August 22, 2012 2:51 PM | Deleted user
    For the first time, two women (Condoleeza Rice and Darla Moore) are admitted to the Augusta National Golf Club. Is this progressive, or a little behind the times? Read here to find out more:
  • Wednesday, August 22, 2012 2:49 PM | Deleted user

    Huge congratulations to Marissa Mayer, a Friends 2011 CEDAW Women's Human Rights Awardee, for her appointment as CEO of Yahoo! To learn more about the leadership roles of women in the corporate sector, read Ann Lehman's statement here.

    Click here to register for the 2012 CEDAW Awards. 

  • Monday, June 18, 2012 7:10 PM | Deleted user
    Congratulations to the Department on the Status of Women for winning the 2012 International Work-Life Balance Award!  Out of 147 applicants around the world, the department was recognized in Milan, Italy for their amazing work in the Gender Equality Principles Initiative. 

    Please click on the link below to view the press release:

  • Tuesday, April 10, 2012 1:49 PM | Anonymous

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the president of the 66th session of the UN General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser proposed the idea here Thursday of holding a global conference on women's issues in 2015, 20 years after the last women's summit held in Beijing.

    The joint announcement was released on the International Women's Day, which is held to draw attention to the challenges faced by women as well as to their contributions.


    Additional coverage at "U.N. Aims at Major Global Conference on Women in 2015" from IPS News at 
  • Monday, April 09, 2012 8:30 PM | Deleted user
    Zenger Folkman, the authors of The Extraordinary Leader and The Inspiring Leader, shared some interesting data about the comparison of women and men in leadership positions.  Click on the link to read more...

  • 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

                                                                                           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.

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