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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.

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.

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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: July 15 2020

Womxn (% from 277)

Cis Woman24387.7%
Transexual woman279.7%
All 277

Old bands (% from 258)

From 20 to 29 years old4617.8%
From 30 to 39 years old8432.6%
From 40 to 49 years old7529.1%
From 50 to 59 years old4216.3%
60 or older103.9%

Vulnerability / exclusion factors (% from 246)

Problems related to drug consume14157.3%
Adult over 55 years old2911.8%
Young5120.7%
Migrated9940.2%
Functional diversity176.9%
Racialized4819.5%
LGTBIQ4919.9%
Sexual worker5020.3%
Sex for survival8132.9%
Ranks of mental health12149.2%
Homeless17370.3%
Without cover14157.3%
Imprisonment7932.1%
Others31.2%

Where is accompaniment taken (% from 19415)

Street5082.6%
XADUD7914.1%
Outside activity15938.2%
Telephone14107.3%
0.0%
La VidAlegre1369670.5%
Home address420.2%
0.0%
Social media1150.6%
Other12606.5%

Foundations (% from 36583)

0.0%
Food1534441.9%
NSP6331.7%
Shower22706.2%
Washing / drying machine9272.5%
Clothing swap15964.4%
Sleep by day20535.6%
Thelephone/ Internet35679.8%
Transport4321.2%
Condoms3260.9%
Chat / Mutual suport919925.1%
Image19695.4%
Housing5371.5%

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 25960)

Counseling / Information17356.7%
Accompaniment4161.6%
Followup1049940.4%
Contact with family abd/or partner3951.5%
Addressing violences21178.2%
"ConSumo Cuidado"432816.7%
Conflict resolution5051.9%
Emotional support596523.0%
Approach to sexual work7943.1%

Sanitary intervention (% from 14871)

Anamnesis235115.8%
Consultation441029.7%
Followup696846.9%
Cure8715.9%
Accompaniment810.5%
Urgency1380.9%
Domiciliary visit160.1%
Overdose150.1%
Unexpected effects of consumption120.1%

Social work (% from 1027)

Initial interview148228.9%
Followup on site14514.1%
Followup on telephone898.7%
Acompaniment696.7%
Follow-up of the case (articulation with other RSS feeds)39738.7%
Domiciliary visit or other places of residence or stay 181.8%
Derivation353.4%
Family contact161.6%
Procedures999.6%
Employability111.1%

Supervised consumption (% from 4019)

Alcohol 82120.4%
Other180.4%
Energetic drinks370.9%
Benzodiacepine 40.1%
Cannabis 40110.0%
Cocaine 144335.9%
Depo-progevere50.1%
Heroine 49212.2%
Depo-progevere NOT prescribed140.3%
Hormones 60.1%
Methadone 1523.8%
Methanphetamines872.2%
Other opiate30.1%
Speed / Amphetamine 1152.9%
Speedball1513.8%
Tobacco130.3%
Tropicamida2476.1%
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 67)

Physical aggressions5988.1%
Sexual aggressions1217.9%
Rape69.0%
Psychological aggressions5886.6%
Verbal4973.1%
Environmental3552.2%
Economic2232.8%
Other913.4%
Family breakdown11.5%
Criminalization11.5%
Stigma / discrimination23.0%
Vulnerability confidentiality / intimacy11.5%
Mistreat34.5%
Other11.5%
Security deposit / fine unavailable11.5%
Eviction11.5%

Nearby environment (% from 39)

Physical aggressions1435.9%
Sexual aggressions923.1%
Rape615.4%
Psychological aggressions1641.0%
Verbal1538.5%
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 33)

Ignoring the demands824.2%
Family intrusion13.0%
Stigma / discrimination1957.6%
Vulnerability confidentiality / intimacy1133.3%
Mistreat26.1%
Lgtbi-phobia824.2%
Not supporting idiomatic barriers412.1%
Other412.1%

Judicial system (% from 25)

Preventive prison8.0%
Security deposit / fine unavailable28.0%
Disproportionate condemnation44.0%
Multiple short jails28.0%
False conviction12.0%
Stigma / discrimination36.0%
Inadequate defense28.0%
Lgtbi-phobia8.0%
Other12.0%

Police system (% from 17)

Ignoring the demands832.0%
Physical423.5%
Sexual211.8%
Psychological529.4%
Harassment635.3%
Economic15.9%
Access to treatment as a form of coercion211.8%
Lgtbi-phobia15.9%
Eviction317.6%
Other317.6%

Penitentiary system (% from 18)

Isolation844.4%
316.7%
Scatter211.1%
Barriers to PMM access211.1%
Indigence in prison527.8%
Withdrawal of custody due to imprisonment316.7%
Denial of permits and penitentiary benefits422.2%
Threats and / or coercion by officials633.3%
Torture or vexing treatment316.7%
Rape15.6%
Other316.7%

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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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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

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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]