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.

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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: January 1st, 2021

Womxn (% from 235)

Cis Woman20085.1%
Transgender woman2811.9%
Intersexual10.4%
Non binary41.7%
All 235

Old bands (% from 228)

From 20 to 29 years old3515.4%
From 30 to 39 years old7633.3%
From 40 to 49 years old7332.0%
From 50 to 59 years old3414.9%
60 or older104.4%

Vulnerability / exclusion factors (% from 276)

Problems related to drug use20172.8%
Adult over 55 years old279.8%
Young4215.2%
Migrated10437.7%
Irregular administrative situation2810.1%
Functional diversity186.5%
Racialized4817.4%
LGTBIQ5720.7%
Sexual worker4616.7%
Sex for survival5720.7%
Ranks of mental health12946.7%
Homeless19169.2%
Without cover11441.3%
Imprisonment8029.0%
Others31.1%
Coinfection HIV + HCV207.2%

Where is accompaniment taken (% from 23935)

Street6222.6%
XADUD9794.1%
Outside activity18487.7%
Telephone16136.7%
0.0%
La VidAlegre1728872.2%
Home address420.2%
0.0%
Social media1330.6%
Other14105.9%

Foundations (% from 44142)

0.0%
Food1829641.4%
NSP7631.7%
Shower26756.1%
Washing / drying machine11392.6%
Clothing swap19124.3%
Sleep by day23405.3%
Thelephone/ Internet40179.1%
Transport4361.0%
Condoms4140.9%
Chat / Mutual suport1221227.7%
Image20744.7%
Housing5391.2%

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 33236)

Counseling / Information20626.2%
Accompaniment4971.5%
Followup1393941.9%
Contact with family abd/or partner4301.3%
Addressing violences22716.8%
"ConSumo Cuidado"502515.1%
Conflict resolution6652.0%
Emotional support834725.1%
Approach to sexual work8452.5%

Sanitary intervention (% from 15761)

Anamnesis247115.7%
Consultation465029.5%
Followup737546.8%
Cure9446.0%
Accompaniment1170.7%
Urgency1450.9%
Domiciliary visit170.1%
Overdose150.1%
Unexpected effects of consumption180.1%

Social work (% from 1207)

Initial interview152204.7%
Followup on site14712.2%
Followup on telephone1068.8%
Acompaniment988.1%
Follow-up of the case (articulation with other RSS feeds)50341.7%
Domiciliary visit or other places of residence or stay 191.6%
Derivation484.0%
Family contact161.3%
Procedures1078.9%
Employability110.9%

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

(% from 172)

0.0%
0.0%
0.0%
0.0%
0.0%
0.0%
0.0%
0.0%
0.0%

Sexual or sex-affective partner (% from 80)

Physical aggressions6783.8%
Sexual aggressions1417.5%
Rape67.5%
Psychological aggressions6986.2%
Verbal5670.0%
Environmental3847.5%
Economic2632.5%
Other911.2%
0.0%
0.0%
0.0%
0.0%
Mistreat45.0%
0.0%
0.0%
0.0%

Nearby environment (% from 42)

Physical aggressions1740.5%
Sexual aggressions1023.8%
Rape716.7%
Psychological aggressions2047.6%
Verbal1945.2%
Environmental1638.1%
Economic921.4%
Lgtbi-phobia1433.3%

Unknown (% from 31)

Physical aggressions1858.1%
Sexual aggressions825.8%
Rape1032.3%
Psychological aggressions619.4%
Environmental825.8%
Economic412.9%
Lgtbi-phobia1032.3%
Other26.5%
0.0%
0.0%
0.0%

Social care system (% from 32)

0.0%
Family intrusion825.0%
0.0%
Vulnerability confidentiality / intimacy1340.6%
0.0%
Not supporting idiomatic barriers618.8%
0.0%

Health care system (% from 34)

0.0%
Family intrusion12.9%
0.0%
Vulnerability confidentiality / intimacy1132.4%
Mistreat25.9%
0.0%
Not supporting idiomatic barriers411.8%
0.0%

Judicial system (% from 26)

Preventive prison7.7%
Security deposit / fine unavailable26.9%
Disproportionate condemnation42.3%
Multiple short jails26.9%
False conviction11.5%
Stigma / discrimination50.0%
Inadequate defense26.9%
0.0%
0.0%

Police system (% from 20)

0.0%
0.0%
0.0%
0.0%
Harassment630.0%
0.0%
Access to treatment as a form of coercion210.0%
0.0%
Eviction315.0%
0.0%

Penitentiary system (% from 21)

Isolation838.1%
419.0%
Scatter29.5%
Barriers to PMM access29.5%
Indigence in prison523.8%
Withdrawal of custody due to imprisonment314.3%
Denial of permits and penitentiary benefits419.0%
Threats and / or coercion by officials838.1%
Torture or vexing treatment314.3%
0.0%
0.0%

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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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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]