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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last update: September 1st, 2020
|From 20 to 29 years old||42||15.9%|
|From 30 to 39 years old||86||32.6%|
|From 40 to 49 years old||78||29.5%|
|From 50 to 59 years old||45||17.0%|
|60 or older||13||4.9%|
|Problems related to drug consume||188||72.3%|
|Adult over 55 years old||26||10.0%|
|Irregular administrative situation||25||9.6%|
|Sex for survival||45||17.3%|
|Ranks of mental health||123||47.3%|
|Coinfection HIV + HCV||20||7.7%|
|Washing / drying machine||963||2.5%|
|Sleep by day||2113||5.5%|
|Chat / Mutual suport||9897||25.9%|
|Second hand market||150||2.8%|
|Congress / Session||72||1.4%|
|Counseling / Information||1872||6.8%|
|Contact with family abd/or partner||410||1.5%|
|Approach to sexual work||838||3.0%|
|Unexpected effects of consumption||14||0.1%|
|Substance||Current consumption||Problems related|
|Speed / Amphetamine||25||5|
|Stigma / discrimination||2||2.7%|
|Vulnerability confidentiality / intimacy||1||1.4%|
|Security deposit / fine unavailable||1||1.4%|
|Ignoring the demands||8||25.0%|
|Stigma / discrimination||22||68.8%|
|Vulnerability confidentiality / intimacy||13||40.6%|
|Not supporting idiomatic barriers||6||18.8%|
|Ignoring the demands||8||23.5%|
|Stigma / discrimination||19||55.9%|
|Vulnerability confidentiality / intimacy||11||32.4%|
|Not supporting idiomatic barriers||4||11.8%|
|Security deposit / fine unavailable||26.9%|
|Multiple short jails||26.9%|
|Stigma / discrimination||38.5%|
|Ignoring the demands||8||7.7%|
|Access to treatment as a form of coercion||2||11.1%|
|Barriers to PMM access||2||10.5%|
|Indigence in prison||5||26.3%|
|Withdrawal of custody due to imprisonment||3||15.8%|
|Denial of permits and penitentiary benefits||4||21.1%|
|Threats and / or coercion by officials||7||36.8%|
|Torture or vexing treatment||3||15.8%|
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.
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:
Nothing About Us Without Us
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"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]