About

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.

The meanwhile

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.

The meanwhile

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: April 1st 2020

Womxn (% from 250)

Cis Woman22590.0%
Transexual woman239.2%
All 250

Old bands (% from 234)

From 20 to 29 years old3916.7%
From 30 to 39 years old7833.3%
From 40 to 49 years old6728.6%
From 50 to 59 years old3916.7%
60 or older104.3%

Vulnerability / exclusion factors (% from 232)

Problems related to drugs16671.6%
Adult over 55 years old3113.4%
Young4720.3%
Migrated9440.5%
Functional diversity177.3%
Racialized4619.8%
LGTBIQ4117.7%
Sexual worker4218.1%
Sex for survival7431.9%
Ranks of mental health10545.3%
Homeless13558.2%
Without cover11850.9%
Imprisonment7130.6%
Others31.3%

Contact site (% from 16008)

Street4312.7%
XADUD7504.7%
Outside activity14749.2%
Telephone11247.0%
"Can trini / La Coberta"2771.7%
"La Vida alegre"1116369.7%
Home address420.3%
"Eucaliptus"2841.8%
Social media contact600.4%
Other4032.5%

Foundations (% from 31182)

Food supplement978731.4%
Lunch355911.4%
NSP5221.7%
Shower20726.6%
Washing machine7862.5%
Clothing swap12854.1%
Sleep by day18886.1%
Thelephone/ Internet311610.0%
Transport4201.3%
Condoms2420.8%
Chat / Mutual suport725123.3%
Image17905.7%
Housing5361.7%

Activities (% from 5205)

Workshop154929.8%
Outing1462.8%
DIRD2925.6%
XADUD60711.7%
Assembly55610.7%
Second hand market1502.9%
Activism5179.9%
Network articulation2905.6%
Communitary activity102619.7%
Congress / Session721.4%

Educational intervention (% from 19533)

Counseling / Information8744.5%
Accompaniment3912.0%
Followup809641.4%
Contact with family abd/or partner3221.6%
Addressing violences17028.7%
"ConSumo Cuidado"345017.7%
Conflict resolution3882.0%
Emotional support431022.1%
Approach to sexual work6093.1%

Sanitary intervention (% from 11875)

Anamnesis177514.9%
Consultation359330.3%
Followup557947.0%
Cure6855.8%
Accompaniment750.6%
Urgency1221.0%
Domiciliary visit160.1%
Overdose110.1%
Unexpected effects of consumption120.1%

Social work (% from 824)

Initial interview141215.4%
Followup on site14017.0%
Followup on telephone799.6%
Acompaniment657.9%
Follow-up of the case (articulation with other RSS feeds)23328.3%
Domiciliary visit or other places of residence or stay 172.1%
Derivation344.1%
Family contact151.8%
Procedures8910.8%
Employability111.3%

Substances (% from 2803)

Alcohol 52718.8%
Other180.6%
Energetic drinks321.1%
Benzodiacepine 40.1%
Cannabis 30911.0%
Cocaine 87031.0%
Depo-progevere50.2%
Heroin 44916.0%
Depo-progevere NOT prescribed80.3%
Hormones 60.2%
Methadone 822.9%
Methanphetamines562.0%
Other opiate30.1%
Speed / Amphetamine 632.2%
Speedball1254.5%
Tobacco130.5%
Tropicamida2238.0%
Ube100.4%

Substances and related problems (161 women consumers and 111 with problems)

SubstanceCurrent consumptionProblems related
Alcohol 6831
Antipsychotics112
Benzodiacepine 2715
Cannabis 475
Cocaine snorted159
Cocaine smoked5852
Cocaine injected4134
Heroine snorted40
heroine smoked1613
heroine injected4941
Methadone 3020
Methanphetamines96
Speed / Amphetamine 175
Speedball2019
Tobacco8641
Tropicamida22

During childhood (% from 44)

Physical aggressions2352.3%
Sexual aggressions1636.4%
Rape715.9%
Psychological aggressions2147.7%
Lgtbi-phobia1329.5%
Other12.3%
Family breakdown2556.8%
Institutionalization613.6%
Criminalization12.3%

Sexual or sex-affective partner (% from 64)

Physical aggressions5585.9%
Sexual aggressions1117.2%
Rape69.4%
Psychological aggressions5687.5%
Verbal4875.0%
Environmental3453.1%
Economic2234.4%
Other914.1%
Family breakdown11.6%
Criminalization11.6%
Stigma / discrimination23.1%
Vulnerability confidentiality / intimacy11.6%
Mistreat23.1%
Other11.6%
Security deposit / fine unavailable11.6%
Eviction11.6%

Nearby environment (% from 38)

Physical aggressions1436.8%
Sexual aggressions821.1%
Rape513.2%
Psychological aggressions1436.8%
Verbal1436.8%
Environmental1128.9%
Economic821.1%
Lgtbi-phobia1231.6%

Unknown (% from 26)

Physical aggressions1246.2%
Sexual aggressions623.1%
Rape830.8%
Psychological aggressions623.1%
Environmental623.1%
Economic415.4%
Lgtbi-phobia1038.5%
Other13.8%
Physical13.8%
Sexual27.7%
Rape13.8%

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 32)

Ignoring the demands825.0%
Family intrusion13.1%
Stigma / discrimination1959.4%
Vulnerability confidentiality / intimacy1134.4%
Mistreat26.2%
Lgtbi-phobia825.0%
Not supporting idiomatic barriers412.5%
Other412.5%

Judicial system (% from 23)

Preventive prison4.3%
Security deposit / fine unavailable26.1%
Disproportionate condemnation43.5%
Multiple short jails26.1%
False conviction13.0%
Stigma / discrimination34.8%
Inadequate defense26.1%
Lgtbi-phobia4.3%
Other8.7%

Police system (% from 14)

Ignoring the demands834.8%
Physical428.6%
Sexual214.3%
Psychological535.7%
Harassment535.7%
Economic17.1%
Access to treatment as a form of coercion17.1%
Lgtbi-phobia17.1%
Eviction321.4%
Other321.4%

Penitentiary system (% from 16)

Isolation743.8%
318.8%
Scatter212.5%
Barriers to PMM access212.5%
Indigence in prison425.0%
Withdrawal of custody due to imprisonment318.8%
Denial of permits and penitentiary benefits318.8%
Threats and / or coercion by officials531.2%
Torture or vexing treatment318.8%
Rape16.2%
Other318.8%

Shop and donations

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.

Go to shop

Featured news

Important communications about COVID-19


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

Full text available here.


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]