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Metzineres. Environments of Shelter for Womxn who Use Drugs Surviving Violences is the first integrated harm reduction program from Catalonia exclusively for women. With holistic and individualized scopes tailored to the particularities of anybody, it offers direct and immediate access to flexible proposals in accordance with women´s expectations, disquietudes, curiosities, interests and needs. Throughout an innovatively daring grassroots intervention model, unfolded in Environments of Shelter, sustained by community-based strategies anchored in human rights and gender mainstreaming, that prove reliable, pragmatic, cost-effective, where every woman is a protagonist.

Environments of Shelter

Metzineres is displayed by Environments of Shelter where they may take part and wander in virtue of their demands of wellbeing, circumstances, ambivalences, mutable degrees of involvement and entrust for accompaniment. It is about mitigating possibilities of failure as to avoid revictimization or secondary traumatisation.

The meanwhile

The Meanwhile

Environment for healing, training and recovery

The Meanwhile is open to all WUDSV, with a refreshing agenda of training, occupational, cultural and leisure activities. Easing basic needs, giving social health careness and deploying a wide range of choices for self-healing, bonding, wisdom sharing, self-defence, solidarity and mutual support, whilst seeking to enhance technical proficiency and advocacy.

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The Plucky

Environment for productivity

The Plucky fosters professional worth, entrepreneurship and job opportunities satisfying to WUDSV that challenge hampering labour markets, stimulates employability with regular steady incomes, and potentiates skills, boosts self-sufficiency, inspires personal growth.

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The Cover

Environment for housing

The Cover becomes secure housing that invites serenity, intimacy, rest and protection for WUDSV in situation of homelessness or that have run from home, laying at their will a whole range of therapeutic elements to propitiate stability.

Metrics

Last update: September 1st, 2020

Womxn (% from 283)

Cis Woman24988.0%
Transgender woman279.5%
Intersexual10.4%
Non binary31.1%
All 283

Old bands (% from 264)

From 20 to 29 years old4215.9%
From 30 to 39 years old8632.6%
From 40 to 49 years old7829.5%
From 50 to 59 years old4517.0%
60 or older134.9%

Vulnerability / exclusion factors (% from 260)

Problems related to drug consume18872.3%
Adult over 55 years old2610.0%
Young3814.6%
Migrated9938.1%
Irregular administrative situation259.6%
Functional diversity176.5%
Racialized4517.3%
LGTBIQ5220.0%
Sexual worker4316.5%
Sex for survival4517.3%
Ranks of mental health12347.3%
Homeless16262.3%
Without cover12046.2%
Imprisonment7528.8%
Others20.8%
Coinfection HIV + HCV207.7%

Where is accompaniment taken (% from 20576)

Street5492.7%
XADUD8334.0%
Outside activity16928.2%
Telephone14807.2%
0.0%
La VidAlegre1456870.8%
Home address420.2%
0.0%
Social media1170.6%
Other12956.3%

Foundations (% from 38222)

0.0%
Food1593241.7%
NSP6511.7%
Shower23776.2%
Washing / drying machine9632.5%
Clothing swap16544.3%
Sleep by day21135.5%
Thelephone/ Internet36909.7%
Transport4331.1%
Condoms3530.9%
Chat / Mutual suport989725.9%
Image19995.2%
Housing5371.4%

Activities (% from 5280)

Workshop160830.5%
Outing1462.8%
DIRD3005.7%
XADUD60711.5%
Assembly56210.6%
Second hand market1502.8%
Activism5179.8%
Network articulation2915.5%
Communitary activity102719.5%
Congress / Session721.4%

Educational intervention (% from 27692)

Counseling / Information18726.8%
Accompaniment4271.5%
Followup1132640.9%
Contact with family abd/or partner4101.5%
Addressing violences22148.0%
"ConSumo Cuidado"454316.4%
Conflict resolution5191.9%
Emotional support638123.0%
Approach to sexual work8383.0%

Sanitary intervention (% from 15529)

Anamnesis247015.9%
Consultation459129.6%
Followup728846.9%
Cure8965.8%
Accompaniment840.5%
Urgency1450.9%
Domiciliary visit170.1%
Overdose150.1%
Unexpected effects of consumption140.1%

Social work (% from 1053)

Initial interview148234.6%
Followup on site14513.8%
Followup on telephone948.9%
Acompaniment716.7%
Follow-up of the case (articulation with other RSS feeds)41639.5%
Domiciliary visit or other places of residence or stay 181.7%
Derivation353.3%
Family contact161.5%
Procedures999.4%
Employability111.0%

Substances (% from 4273)

Alcohol 85219.9%
Other180.4%
Energetic drinks431.0%
Benzodiacepine 40.1%
Cannabis 44510.4%
Cocaine 158137.0%
Depo-progevere50.1%
Heroin 50911.9%
Depo-progevere NOT prescribed140.3%
Hormones 60.1%
Methadone 1533.6%
Methanphetamines972.3%
Other opiate30.1%
Speed / Amphetamine 1202.8%
Speedball1533.6%
Tobacco130.3%
Tropicamida2475.8%
Ube100.2%

Substances and related problems (179 women consumers and 111 with problems)

SubstanceCurrent consumptionProblems related
Alcohol 7930
Antipsychotics112
Benzodiacepine 3315
Cannabis 605
Cocaine snorted409
Cocaine smoked8653
Cocaine injected4635
Heroine snorted111
heroine smoked3512
heroine injected6041
Methadone 3719
Methanphetamines135
Speed / Amphetamine 255
Speedball2619
Tobacco9341
Tropicamida22

During childhood (% from 46)

Physical aggressions2350.0%
Sexual aggressions1634.8%
Rape817.4%
Psychological aggressions2145.7%
Lgtbi-phobia1328.3%
Other12.2%
Family breakdown2656.5%
Institutionalization613.0%
Criminalization24.3%

Sexual or sex-affective partner (% from 74)

Physical aggressions6283.8%
Sexual aggressions1216.2%
Rape68.1%
Psychological aggressions6486.5%
Verbal5270.3%
Environmental3648.6%
Economic2229.7%
Other912.2%
Family breakdown11.4%
Criminalization11.4%
Stigma / discrimination22.7%
Vulnerability confidentiality / intimacy11.4%
Mistreat45.4%
Other11.4%
Security deposit / fine unavailable11.4%
Eviction11.4%

Nearby environment (% from 39)

Physical aggressions1435.9%
Sexual aggressions1025.6%
Rape615.4%
Psychological aggressions1743.6%
Verbal1641.0%
Environmental1333.3%
Economic820.5%
Lgtbi-phobia1230.8%

Unknown (% from 28)

Physical aggressions1450.0%
Sexual aggressions621.4%
Rape932.1%
Psychological aggressions621.4%
Environmental621.4%
Economic414.3%
Lgtbi-phobia1035.7%
Other13.6%
Physical13.6%
Sexual27.1%
Rape13.6%

Social care system (% from 32)

Ignoring the demands825.0%
Family intrusion825.0%
Stigma / discrimination2268.8%
Vulnerability confidentiality / intimacy1340.6%
Lgtbi-phobia825.0%
Not supporting idiomatic barriers618.8%
Other26.2%

Health care system (% from 34)

Ignoring the demands823.5%
Family intrusion12.9%
Stigma / discrimination1955.9%
Vulnerability confidentiality / intimacy1132.4%
Mistreat25.9%
Lgtbi-phobia823.5%
Not supporting idiomatic barriers411.8%
Other411.8%

Judicial system (% from 26)

Preventive prison7.7%
Security deposit / fine unavailable26.9%
Disproportionate condemnation42.3%
Multiple short jails26.9%
False conviction11.5%
Stigma / discrimination38.5%
Inadequate defense26.9%
Lgtbi-phobia7.7%
Other11.5%

Police system (% from 18)

Ignoring the demands87.7%
Physical422.2%
Sexual211.1%
Psychological527.8%
Harassment633.3%
Economic15.6%
Access to treatment as a form of coercion211.1%
Lgtbi-phobia211.1%
Eviction316.7%
Other316.7%

Penitentiary system (% from 19)

Isolation842.1%
315.8%
Scatter210.5%
Barriers to PMM access210.5%
Indigence in prison526.3%
Withdrawal of custody due to imprisonment315.8%
Denial of permits and penitentiary benefits421.1%
Threats and / or coercion by officials736.8%
Torture or vexing treatment315.8%
Rape15.3%
Other315.8%

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The transcendence of the almost 40 daily accompaniments undertaken by Metzineres, committing to heart warmth the wellbeing of more than 220 brave women, currently participating in the project, has shown along the two years of implementation, extraordinary results, exceeding our best expectations.

Despite the broad commitment of all of us in Metzineres, the countless alliances linked to the social and solidarity economy as well as the multiple visits from around the world to get to know our approach model, the lack of funding and infrastructure endanger put at risk our Shelter Environments.

For these reasons we call on institutions, philanthropic communities, entities, companies, movements and individuals with whom we share common ideals and objectives, to show their support and solidarity, willing to activate support within networks that may guarantee the sustainability of Metzineres.

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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HOUSING DURING CONFINEMENT ... AND BEYOND ...

Metzineres is a collective of 250 women and gender non comforming people in multiple situations of vulnerability, 90% of us are surviving multiple violences, half of us are homeless and 70% have problems related to drugs, legal and illegal.

Beyond the risks that we live in our day to day life and the harm reduction measures that we are already adopting (COVID19 HARM REACTION guide. In Metzis we don’t want Corona) we want to highlight the complexity of our reality so it can be contemplated in the social, health and economic measures applied to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We prioritize access to safe confinement, which respects our human rights, with a feminist approach, taking into account intersectionality and harm reduction. That would allow us to maintain our link with the environment, the companions and the social and health professionals we trust. Respectful of our habits and committed to our empowerment and well-being.

We want to be able to take care of ourselves, access our belongings and give continuity to our treatments, especially those of us living with mental health disorders. Those of us who are in active consumption want to reduce risks and not go through forced abstinence. Also, if we do sex work or sex for survival we want to be able to protect ourselves.

These days, measures have been deployed aimed at us that, although well-intentioned, they are not adapt to our circumstances, in some cases even retraumatizing us and violating our rights.

In order to alleviate and redirect those responses that are reproducing stigma and discrimination, we present the following recommendations:

  1. Guarantee safe housing options adapted to different people and circumstances
  2. Ensure access to food, hygiene and protection
  3. Offer comprehensive and holistic care services to women and gender noncomforming people with drug-related problems
  4. Activate services for the detection, care and monitoring of situations of male violence against women and people of dissident gender in multiple situations of vulnerability
  5. Deploy economic measures aimed at people of our collective with economies based on informal work and support services delivery
  6. Caring for caregivers

Nothing About Us Without Us

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Publications to print: Poster :: Flyer (a) :: Flyer (b)

Publications on the media

"Amb molts pocs diners salvem vides". Report in Vilaweb, reference media in Catalonia. [catalan]

"Metzineres: shelter and empowering women who use drugs, survivors of violence". Article in Innovative approaches in drug policies and Incarceration. [english]