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Mission Statement and What We Do

The purpose of the Commission on the Status of Women is to promote equal rights and opportunities that enhance the quality of life for all women and girls, and to address issues of discrimination and prejudice that negatively affect women in Sonoma County.

In support of the mission statement above, through 2020, the Commission will focus on the following issues that affect women and girls:

Additionally, the Commission provides mentorship to youth in the form of the Junior Commissioner Project, and through collaboration, outreach, and the work of the Legislative Affairs Committee, the Commission supports community efforts to:

  • Encourage women to seek elected and appointed office.
  • Eradicate human trafficking.
  • Prevent elder abuse.
  • Protect the reproductive and healthcare rights of women and girls.

Bringing Attention to the Violence Against Women

On February 14, 2016, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), along with event partner Guided to Safety – a Sonoma County resource for education and information on domestic violence, teen dating violence, and sexual assault – hosted the second annual local One Billion Rising (OBR) campaign event, aligned with the global OBR movement.  The One Billion Rising movement is a global mass action to end violence against women, and to Rise for Revolution.  The event began at 11 am with a Walk for Justice that began at Santa Rosa’s Historic Courthouse Square and ended at Santa Rosa Junior College.  Men, women, and children joined the Commissioners on the one mile walk to bring attention to the need to keep women and girls in Sonoma County safe from violence.  Upon reaching the destination of the walk, participants joined in the family friendly rally held in the Bertolini Student Center.

The keynote speaker for the event was Kimberly Ellis, Executive Director of Emerge California, who was introduced by 2nd District Supervisor, David Rabbitt. Emerge California is changing the face of California politics by identifying, training, and encouraging women to run for office, get elected, and to seek higher office.  Ms. Ellis brought the crowd to their feet with her calls for action and justice.

The One Billion Rising for Revolution is an organized response to bring an end to the violence against women that began with The Vagina Monologues, and moved into a global campaign to bring attention to the issue. The 2015 campaign took place in over 200 countries around the world and exposed the “volatile and impacting connections between violence against women and economic, environmental, racial, and gender injustice.” The 2016 One Billion Rising theme, "Rise for Revolution" is an emphatic continuation of the demand for change. 

The Commission would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2016 event, particularly our guests speakers and performers, as well as the local area agencies and organizations that provide services to victims of violence, and stand united with the Commission’s goal to end the violence against women and girls across the globe.

Speakers, Performers & Volunteers:

  • Life Coach Debbie Ternes, domestic violence survivor, educator at Guided to Safety
  • Marin County Deputy Sheriff Josie Sanguinetti
  • Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt
  • Sisters Rising
  • DJ Val Richman
  • The SRJC Tech Crew

Tabling Organizations:

  • Damsel in Defense
  • Family Justice Center Sonoma County
  • Junior League of Napa Sonoma
  • Men Evolving Non-Violently (MEN)
  • NOW Sonoma County
  • One Circle Foundation
  • Self Defense for Women
  • Shakti Rising
  • Sonoma County League of Women Voters
  • SRJC Theatre Arts
  • Verity
  • Voices, Sonoma
  • Women's Global Leadership
  • Women's Health Specialists

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Contact Information

Commission on the Status of Women
Human Resources Department
County of Sonoma
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sonoma County Administration Building
575 Administration Drive
Suite 116B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464975, -122.725632
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