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Iceland Country Profile

Iceland Country and Technical Report. While Iceland’s maternity and paternity leave policies are some of the most generous in the world – a joint 12-month allocation to both parents, Iceland’s under-performance in Sub-Index A of the GCPI was ultimately due to its limited dependent care leave policies and lack of universal flexible work policies to support workers with family caregiving responsibilities. Iceland performed better in Sub-Index B for its protections for domestic workers, but the reality is that many domestic workers in the country work informally and are not protected by trade unions.

South Africa Country Profile

South Africa Country and Technical Report. Download here. South Africa performed well in the GCPI compared to most Upper Middle-Income Countries due to progress on caregiving and domestic labor protections. For Sub-Index A, South Africa had robust parental leave but lacked flexible work arrangements and dependant leave care policies. Critically, South Africa also lacked regulatory and policy architecture to support and protect its growing migrant domestic worker labor force.

Sri Lanka Country Report

GCPI Sri Lanka Country and Technical Report. Sri Lanka’s limited recognition of non-female family caregivers, its lack of state funding of maternity benefits, and exclusion of domestic workers from its labor law coverage contributed to an overall poor score of 3.42. Nevertheless, Sri Lanka sports generous state healthcare services and nursing support for mothers alongside robust protections for forced and underage domestic workers.

Bangladesh Country Report

Bangladesh country and technical report. Bangladesh scored very poorly in the GCPI, with its overall score of 0.96 placing it in the ‘Weak’ band. A key reason for this poor performance is the extremely limited legal framework to protect caregivers. Domestic work is also considered informal employment in Bangladesh, and as such is not covered by labor laws. They consequently lack any legislation that guarantees their labor rights, or access to fair employment processes, or decent working and living conditions.

Cambodia Country Report

Cambodia Country and Technical Report. Download country and technical report here.
Report summary: While Cambodia’s labor laws do provide for maternity leave and some related benefits, Cambodia scored poorly for Sub-Index A due to the absence of provisions for paternity leave, dependent care leave and flexible work arrangements. Cambodia’s domestic workers are explicitly excluded from the country’s labor laws but owing to new regulations aimed at protecting some of their working conditions, the country scored better on Sub-Index B. Cambodia is rated as “Emerging,” with a total score of 3.71.