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Metzineres

What is Metzineres?

Metzineres is the first non-profit cooperative aimed at deploying Shelter Spaces that are exclusive to womxn and which cover the full spectrum of harm reduction.

With a holistic and individualized approach connected to the particularities of each womxn, they offer flexible proposals, with direct and immediate entry. They take into consideration the expectations, concerns, curiosities, interests, and needs of each person.

An innovative and daring model of intervention based on human rights and gender mainstreaming, supported by community strategies and the social and solidarity economy that aims to be reliable, pragmatic, cost-effective, and where every womxn is the protagonist.

* "Womxn” will be used to make cis and trans women visible, as well as people of fluid and non-binary gender.

Mission, vision, values

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Mission

To promote communities that guarantee full access to the rights, well-being, and pleasure of womxn who are surviving violence, intersectional vulnerabilities, and that are affected by the war on drugs.

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Vision

To seek out a comprehensive and holistic approach, based on Peer Engagement, Informed Trauma Care and Harm Reduction; anchored in community, intersectional feminism, and social and solidarity economy strategies.

Values

Genuine Creativity

Radical Tenderness

Collective Resilience

Rogue Courage

Activism of Care

Complicity and Mutual Support

Anti-prohibitionist Commitment

Evidence-based Transdisciplinarity

Transformative Passion

Approach

Metzineres is a cooperative that was born with the aim of responding to the interests, concerns, and needs of womxn who use drugs and are living with multiple situations of vulnerability and violence. In the face of a war on drugs that systematically and widely violates their human rights, we are working for social justice that incorporates harm reduction, intersectional feminism, and Peer Gears as cross-cutting themes.

Harm Reduction

Because the well-being of people who use drugs, of their families and their communities doesn’t necessarily mean quitting. The full spectrum of harm reduction works where each person is, without judgment or coercion, addressing not only their consumption but structural factors such as housing, work, leisure, and bonds of trust, amongst others.

Intersectional Feminism

Because gender inequalities interact with other forms of exclusion, discrimination and stigma. Different social positions interconnect in specific ways, generating multiple situations of violence and vulnerability, but also creating individual and collective strategies to navigate them.

Peer to peer

Because people directly impacted by the war on drugs are experts in their realities and therefore must be an essential part of the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of all those policies and practices that condition their life paths.
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Our space

From our space in the Raval neighborhood, we provide environments of security, tranquility, and privacy. We offer holistic and individualized proposals, which promote the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of each person. At the same time, through a model of community and innovative intervention, feelings of belonging and collaboration are fostered and improve coexistence. We are privileged to be part of a rich neighborhood network and cooperative fabric that is nurtured by solidarity and mutual support.

Who we’re for?

Women and non-binary gender people who use drugs and survive multiple situations of violence and vulnerability find it difficult to enter or adhere to social healthcare networks. They are often excluded from specialized services, including the ones focused either on drugs or in gender-based violence. The lack of optimal alternatives, barriers to access, and institutional gaps exacerbate mechanisms of control, inequality, social injustice, and exclusion. Prejudice, stigma, and discrimination result in a systematic violation of their rights.

Metzineres welcomes all those who feel identified by forming and adapting compassionate responses to complex and changing realities. Rather than creating an exhaustive and exclusive list, emphasis is placed on reaching those who experience multiple, simultaneous, and interconnected social variables that condition their existence. Among the almost 300 womxn who have already joined us, they experience: drug-related problems, homelessness, migratory experiences, LGTBIQ+, sex work and/or sex for survival, imprisonment, mental health disorders, and functional diversity.

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The team
Metzineres is made up of people with both academic training and life experience. This is one of our most relevant values; all of these roles are equally important and necessary for our collective nourishment.

Specialized Intervention Service (SIE)

Since September 2020, the Metzineres premises have been recognized as a Specialized Intervention Service of the Government of Catalonia. The SIE-Raval has a multidisciplinary professional team made up of people with degrees in psychology, social work, social education, law, and employment. We are part of the Comprehensive Care and Recovery Resource Network in the process of recovering and repairing womxn who survive or have survived situations of gender-based violence, and their children. It also focuses on prevention, awareness, and community involvement.

Objectives

Main objective

Offer information, care, and recovery to womxn, who are vulnerable in myriad ways, who have been or are in the process of gender-based violence, and to promote specific and comprehensive prevention, assistance and repair programs.

Adaptation

Adapt the model of social, legal, and therapeutic intervention to the process of womxn, vulnerable in myriad ways, who have survived or are surviving violence.

Social and therapeutic care

Provide specialized and continuous social and therapeutic care in relation to the process of experienced violence.

Coordination

Work in coordination with external services, attending to the specific process of each of the womxn.