When victims of state abuse achieve recognition, the identity of the entire people will change, according to Eirik Vatnøy. He has analysed the rhetoric of an Irish rights campaign for women detained in Catholic laundries.
Domestic violence has now become a matter of dispute between liberal and conservative forces, which demonstrates that even authoritarian ruling powers have to take the popular opinion into consideration.
The call for a Norwegian ban on the purchase of sex gained momentum when Nigerian women began selling sex on the capital city’s most popular pedestrian boulevard. “The discussion about human trafficking swept everything else out of the way,” says May-Len Skilbrei.