“Everyone thinks that Norway is a paradise, and of course it is in many ways — if you compare it with India or Guatemala…. But you cannot say that a country has no human rights problems if women suffer from violence and you are not protecting them.” This is what motivated photo-journalist Walter Estrada to point his camera at the violence against women that occurs in Norway. Estrada has documented this epidemic in countries like Guatemala, India, Congo, but showing violence against women in a country that is not war-torn, in conflict, or notorious for its mistreatment of women highlights how pervasive violence against women really is. The photo above is of a woman who lost her arm after her husband, whom she was divorcing, shot her. The photo below is of a bed where a woman was repeatedly raped. These photographs are arresting. You can see the rest of the Norway photos here at The New York Times and you can see all of Estrada’s work at his website.
Haunting photographs document violence against women
By Katie Halper | Published: August 20, 2012
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