September 22, 2021

Gender studies programme director, Nadine Lake LinkedIn Profile

Gender mainstreaming. Gender studies.

Nadine Lake. Senior Lecturer. PhD. I help businesses, education institutions and human rights organisations become effective at navigating the issues of gender mainstreaming, diversity, equity and inclusion.


If your organisation is struggling and failing to traverse the choppy waters of gender mainstreaming, diversity, equity and inclusion, seriously consider reaching out to me.

I’ve made these important issues my life’s work since being acclimated to the issues of social justice, gender, inclusivity, diversity, and community care in the sphere of higher education and development work.

I’m currently a senior lecturer and gender studies programme director at the University of the Free State, South Africa. I’ve studied and served in the field for 20 years, and was awarded my PhD in Gender Studies in 2016.

My view of the world has been informed by feminists, educators and human rights activists. Authors, educators and legal experts who have inspired me are Aude Lorde, Sara Ahmed, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to name a few.

I am actively involved in research on gender-based violence, the LGBTQIA+ community, and queer archives. I’m also the South African partner to a Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) project which focuses on gender-mainstreaming and gender-sensitive research approaches in Maputo, Mozambique. The five year project that commenced in 2017 was awarded 8-million Swedish Krona.

I had my Damascene moment in 2014 when I was awarded the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship at Uppsala University, Sweden. It was here that I got to look through a different lens on the world. Swedish culture, which adheres to the values of respect for everyone, enabled me to imagine a different future for the society we live in.

That’s what most gets me out of bed every day: that we can change the narrative from one of inequality to equality, exclusion to inclusion, and prejudice to acceptance.

I’ve travelled to 12 countries, and lived with disparate communities so that I can assimilate the real world, lived experience into my academic endeavours. As an unintended consequence, I’m now conversant in French and Swedish too.

So, how’s this useful to your organisation, you may ask?

Gender diversity is my greatest life’s work; it’s my magnum opus. It’s the work I know and want to do.

My passion, my qualifications and my lived experience is an asset to any organisation who wants to crack the diversity/inclusivity code.

Reach out to me for a discovery call on +27(0)82 5616 836 or

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