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

    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
    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
    "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
    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee appoints Marily Mondejar to the SF Redistricting Task Force

  • Wednesday, December 01, 2010 2:57 PM | Anonymous

    San Francisco Receives Prestigious International Award for Gender Equality Work

  • Saturday, November 20, 2010 2:56 PM | Anonymous

    Senate Hearing on CEDAW

  • Tuesday, November 02, 2010 2:54 PM | Anonymous

    San Francisco Sentinel:San Francisco Celebrates Women's Human Rights - Community Leaders Named 2010 Honorees (October 17, 2010)

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