Taiwan: Care Policy Evaluation 2022

Taiwan is a highly developed East Asian nation, known for being one of the Four Asian Tigers that sported miraculously fast economic growth in the ’60s and ’70s. In Taiwan’s case, care policies have also developed relatively well alongside economic growth, giving Taiwan an overall GCPI score of 5.57/10.00.

In Sub-Index A, Taiwan’s score of 6.14/10.00 reflects a progressive baseline of policies for family caregivers. While most women are entitled to fully paid maternity leave, this leave is much shorter than ILO recommended baselines. However, Taiwan performs particularly well in its provision of dependent care leave.

In Sub-Index B, Taiwan’s score of 4.99/10.00 is dragged down by their labor laws, which generally exclude domestic workers from their ambit. Taiwan is primarily a destination for migrant domestic workers and is still developing unique protections for this vulnerable sector.

You can read more about Taiwan’s care policies here.

Iceland: Care Policy Evaluation 2022

Iceland is a highly developed and sparsely populated island nation in the Nordic region. Sporting well-developed care policy protections in general, Iceland’s final GCPI score of 6.61/10.00 (Maturing) reflects specific and significant omissions rather than broad underdevelopment of care policies.

In Sub-Index A, Iceland scored 5.81/10.00. This score is not intuitive, given Iceland’s excellent provisions for maternity and paternity leave – which are some of the most generous in the entire world. However, Iceland is yet to develop robust legislation to guarantee flexible work arrangements for family caregivers. Additionally, Iceland fails to offer guaranteed nursing breaks to working mothers.

In Sub-Index B, Iceland received a score of 7.41/10.00. Domestic workers work under legislation that guarantees them normal hours of work and a safe and healthy working environment. Migrant domestic workers in Iceland are also protected by national legislation. However, most migrant workers in Iceland operate in the informal sector, thus often falling outside the realm of legislative protection.

You can read more about Iceland’s care policies in the Country Report and Technical Report here.