Ascendum is a NGO (founded by Zaiga Pūce, Eva Ikstena) which owns online magazine Satori.lv (main editor Ilmārs Šlāpins). Its goals are to promote 'economic, spiritual and social upsurge' and to support 'culture, education and civic, united society'. The magazine often publishes articles in support of feminism, diversity and minority rights, mostly concerning LGBT and immigrants. Supporters include Fonds DOTS (Soros Foundation – Latvia) and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.
Satori published an article titled 'Fuck Gender' with photos about drag queen culture. Author: Kaspars Beķeris
Satori published an article titled 'The future is female', promoting feminism and women in jobs that are usually male dominated. Author of the article: Pauls Bankovskis
Satori published an article against the Latvian government's decision to ban headscarfs in Latvia. Author: Una Feminiskaite
Promotion of the upcoming LGBT event Baltic Pride 2018 in Riga.
Review of 2015 Europride in Riga. Author: Ingmārs Freimanis. Quote from the article: 'Not understanding why the minister would be “proud” shows a lack of understanding of the concept of “pride” in the context of LGBT rights. When speaking about LGBT, “pride” should be understood in opposition to personal shame and society’s condemnation, as a firm stance against discrimination and violence. This is how the minister's announcement ought to be interpreted; its goal, for the most part, is not to inform that he is gay but to say that he is not ashamed, that he acknowledges homosexuality as part of his identity, and respects himself in the same way as everyone should respect themselves. “Pride”, in this context, is a determined view that exists in most LGBT movements.'
Ascendum is managed by liberal 'Latvian Development' political party leader Juris Puce's wife Zaiga Puce.
Ascendum mission statement (auto-translated): "Since its inception, Ascendum is working in two closely related directions - social, promoting the formation of thoughtful, proactive, empathic and civic society, and culture by creating, supporting and promoting the valuable cultural processes and phenomena in the Internet magazine "Satori". One of the persistent directions and tasks of the "Ascendum" is to stand in the guard of human rights, representing in various institutions the opinion that all members of society, regardless of gender, ethnicity, social status, sexual orientation, etc., have the right to be equal."
Foundation for an Open Society DOTS ⁕ (Business)
Juris Pūce (Personal)
Gribu Palidzet Begliem ⁕ (Business)
Didzis Melbiksis (Business)
Sabiedrības Integrācijas Fonds ⁕ (Business)
Baiba Rubesa (Business)
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