Colombia: Care Policy Evaluation 2020

The Republic of Colombia is an upper-middle income country in northwestern South America, and is the third most populous country in Latin America. In 2017, Colombia passed the New Maternity Law 1822 that increased the duration of paid maternity leave from 14 to 18 weeks. Impressively, Colombia also covers domestic workers under its Labor Code, thus guaranteeing them similar working and living conditions to other categories of workers. However, Colombia records a high rate of informal employment – more than 57% of Colombia’s employees work without formal contracts, and thus do not come under the protections of most care policies.

Colombia’s policy regime for caregivers and care-workers therefore earned an overall score of 5.65/10 (Maturing) under the Global Care Policy Index (GCPI). The final country report and technical report can be accessed here under Colombia’s country profile.