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.

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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: November 1st, 2020

Womxn (% from 293)

Cis Woman25587.0%
Transgender woman299.9%
Intersexual10.3%
Non binary41.4%
All 293

Old bands (% from 273)

From 20 to 29 years old4416.1%
From 30 to 39 years old9033.0%
From 40 to 49 years old7928.9%
From 50 to 59 years old4616.8%
60 or older145.1%

Vulnerability / exclusion factors (% from 268)

Problems related to drug consume19271.6%
Adult over 55 years old2710.1%
Young4115.3%
Migrated10037.3%
Irregular administrative situation2810.4%
Functional diversity176.3%
Racialized4416.4%
LGTBIQ5520.5%
Sexual worker4617.2%
Sex for survival5018.7%
Ranks of mental health12747.4%
Homeless17665.7%
Without cover12446.3%
Imprisonment7628.4%
Others20.7%
Coinfection HIV + HCV207.5%

Where is accompaniment taken (% from 22307)

Street5932.7%
XADUD9164.1%
Outside activity17928.0%
Telephone15356.9%
0.0%
La VidAlegre1593871.4%
Home address420.2%
0.0%
Social media1280.6%
Other13636.1%

Foundations (% from 41191)

0.0%
Food1710341.5%
NSP7101.7%
Shower25406.2%
Washing / drying machine10562.6%
Clothing swap17824.3%
Sleep by day22555.5%
Thelephone/ Internet39069.5%
Transport4331.1%
Condoms3921.0%
Chat / Mutual suport1096826.6%
Image20495.0%
Housing5371.3%

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 30159)

Counseling / Information20026.6%
Accompaniment4661.5%
Followup1263841.9%
Contact with family abd/or partner4251.4%
Addressing violences22477.5%
"ConSumo Cuidado"471715.6%
Conflict resolution6012.0%
Emotional support706323.4%
Approach to sexual work8422.8%

Sanitary intervention (% from 15663)

Anamnesis247215.8%
Consultation461929.5%
Followup734046.9%
Cure9326.0%
Accompaniment970.6%
Urgency1460.9%
Domiciliary visit170.1%
Overdose150.1%
Unexpected effects of consumption160.1%

Social work (% from 1154)

Initial interview149214.2%
Followup on site14712.7%
Followup on telephone1049.0%
Acompaniment968.3%
Follow-up of the case (articulation with other RSS feeds)47240.9%
Domiciliary visit or other places of residence or stay 191.6%
Derivation363.1%
Family contact161.4%
Procedures1049.0%
Employability111.0%

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 48)

Physical aggressions2450.0%
Sexual aggressions1735.4%
Rape816.7%
Psychological aggressions2347.9%
Lgtbi-phobia1429.2%
Other12.1%
Family breakdown2756.2%
Institutionalization612.5%
Criminalization24.2%

Sexual or sex-affective partner (% from 76)

Physical aggressions6484.2%
Sexual aggressions1317.1%
Rape67.9%
Psychological aggressions6686.8%
Verbal5369.7%
Environmental3647.4%
Economic2330.3%
Other911.8%
Family breakdown11.3%
Criminalization11.3%
Stigma / discrimination22.6%
Vulnerability confidentiality / intimacy11.3%
Mistreat45.3%
Other11.3%
Security deposit / fine unavailable11.3%
Eviction11.3%

Nearby environment (% from 41)

Physical aggressions1536.6%
Sexual aggressions1024.4%
Rape614.6%
Psychological aggressions1946.3%
Verbal1741.5%
Environmental1536.6%
Economic922.0%
Lgtbi-phobia1229.3%

Unknown (% from 31)

Physical aggressions1651.6%
Sexual aggressions619.4%
Rape929.0%
Psychological aggressions619.4%
Environmental722.6%
Economic412.9%
Lgtbi-phobia1032.3%
Other13.2%
Physical13.2%
Sexual26.5%
Rape13.2%

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 19)

Ignoring the demands87.7%
Physical421.1%
Sexual210.5%
Psychological526.3%
Harassment631.6%
Economic15.3%
Access to treatment as a form of coercion210.5%
Lgtbi-phobia210.5%
Eviction315.8%
Other315.8%

Penitentiary system (% from 20)

Isolation840.0%
315.0%
Scatter210.0%
Barriers to PMM access210.0%
Indigence in prison525.0%
Withdrawal of custody due to imprisonment315.0%
Denial of permits and penitentiary benefits420.0%
Threats and / or coercion by officials735.0%
Torture or vexing treatment315.0%
Rape15.0%
Other420.0%

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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]