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ABOUT US

Founded on November 6, 1921 at The University of Latvia.

Renewed on November 27, 1989 at The University of Latvia.

Colours: violet, green, gold (the meaning of colours is explained in Daugaviete’s Flag song);

Mottos:
*Pars pro toto! (One for all!);
*Par taisnību, daiļumu un visu cēlu! (For justice, beauty and everything noble!);
*Patientia vincit omnia! (Patience wins everything!).

The aim of Daugaviete is to gather Latvian female university students, who think nationally and are loyal to their country, educate them as honourable citizens and promote their mental and physical development.

The objective of the sorority is to form the sense of honour and duty and develop interest in science, art and applied physical activities in its members.

The name of Daugaviete originated from the name of the river Daugava – as Daugava unites towns and rural areas of Latvia, so as the new sorority shall unite female students from all regions of Latvia; as Daugava waves, floats and is eternally changing and alive, so as new students shall bring life and a creative spirit everywhere they go and to everything they touch.

Sorority Daugaviete is the organisation of discipline and traditions. It is a closed organisation. Members of Daugaviete cannot be members of anti-state and anti-national organisations.

The mutual relationships of members of Daugaviete are defined by the order of seniority, friendship and mutual assistance.

Daugaviete is the 1st Latvian female student sorority, at the same time it was also the 1st social organization in the newly founded Republic of Latvia, which members were only women, therefore, its founders had to face with an intolerant reaction, incomprehension and deprecation from society. Daugaviete had to prove that a Latvian female student can fulfil not only the duties of a housewife, but also hold a responsible position in society.

The 19 founders of Daugaviete were as young and unknown as the idea, which they wanted to fulfil, therefore, the support from the prominent members of society was very important. Later they became Daugviete’s Fillisters of Honour. As the first were invited two well known doctors, Dr. Zelma Cesniece – Freidenfelde and Dr. Olga Rode – Dzelzskalēja who were well known for their work and national position. As the next were invited Prof.Voldemārs Maldonis, the Dean of The Faculty of Theology of The University of Latvia, and Prof.Ernests Felsbergs, the 1st Head of The University of Latvia, who was also a member of Fraternity Lettonia. The idea of a female student union was supported also by a Latvian writer Anna Brigadere – her composed “Flag Song” truly expresses the aspirations of the young female students and the struggle for their realization. It was very important for Daugaviete to disassociate itself from negative stereotypes about a female sorority member, therefore, the support form Dr.Gustavs Reinhards (Lett.), who was the Head of Temperance Society, was also very important.

Soon other female students followed Daugaviete’s example and on December 2, 1924 at The University of Latvia the Student Presidium Convent was founded. An active social life carried on for 30 years. In 1941, Daugaviete together with the whole Latvian nation became a victim of the tragic events of the Soviet Era – as a result of Soviet occupation the activity of Daugaviete was violently interrupted.

During German occupation Daugaviete continued its activity unofficially. When emigration began, a large part of members of Daugaviete arrived in refugee camps in Germany. The life of Daugaviete in exile began. Its activity was renewed on May 30, 1948 in Pinneberg. In Autumn, 1953 the admission of new girls began. 22 groups of Daugaviete were established and worked till 1989. The main aim in the exile was to maintain Latvianity. Only on November 6, 1989 a long waited moment came when Daugaviete could come out in the open – although unclear, but the political situation was hopeful. On March 24, 1990 the 1st renewal coet with 17 new members of Daugaviete was admitted in the Convent. In November, 1995 commemorating the tragic faith of the members of Daugaviete who were taken to Siberia, a writer Melānija Vanaga was admitted as a Fillister of Honour.

After renewing its activity in Latvia, Daugaviete started to cooperate with student organizations outside Latvia. In spring, 1992 Daugaviete visited a corporation Neo-Lithuania in Lithuania, in autumn, 1995 an Amity Agreement was signed with the Middle-Finland student union Keskisuomalainen Osakunta, in autumn, 1997 – with the oldest Estonian student sorority Filiae Patriae.

Seeing the fulfilment of their goals, more and more new female students enter in Daugaviete.