Gabriel Leão, Women's Media Center

Gabriel Leão

Women's Media Center

São Paulo, SP, Brazil

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Past articles by Gabriel:

Meet 13-year-old Japanese race car driver Juju Noda

There has never been a female winner of Formula 1 (F1) racing — the most prestigious category in the motorsport. But 13-year-old Juju Noda wants to change that. → Read More

How the Helms Amendment is hurting women all over the world

The Helms Amendment and has caused damage to women all over the world by limiting U.S. funding for family planning all over the world. → Read More

18-year-old Khadijah Mellah is the first jockey in the UK to compete while wearing a hijab

In the beginning of August, 18-year-old Khadijah Mellah from Peckham, Britain, became the first jockey in her country to compete while wearing a hijab. She also won the race, which was the Magnolia Cup at Goodwood — a charity event supporting the organization Wellbeing of Women. → Read More

This new book takes on the experiences of female journalists over the decades

In the recently published book There’s No Crying in Newsrooms, award-winning journalism scholars Kristin Grady Gilger and Julia Wallace investigate how gender has shaped the experiences of female journalists. → Read More

Understanding the rage of white male supremacy: An interview with Lisa Wade, PhD

Women Under Siege spoke with Lisa Wade, PhD, an associate professor of sociology at Occidental College and author of American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus, to better understand the relationship—and long history—between white supremacy, masculinity, and the American image. → Read More

The correlation between climate change resilience and girls’ education

There is a potential solution to climate change that is as unexpected as it is potentially effective: girls' education. → Read More

Why the Global Gag Rule harms women

One of Donald Trump's first acts as president was to reinstate and expand the global gag rule. This conservative policy hurts people in developing countries that already have to endure systemic obstacles to access health care. → Read More

Why we need a #GirlsToo movement

According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, two out of three girls are harassed and one in four girls are sexually assaulted by the age 18. → Read More

These teens are taking on climate change on a global scale

Teens around the world are protesting for action on climate change. Some of the most prominent young activists doing this work are those involved in the group Zero Hour, which was founded by 17-year-old Jamie Margolin in 2017. → Read More

How this Serbian astrophysicist is supporting African efforts to promote STEM

Serbian astrophysicist Dr. Mirjana Pović told the FBomb about how her experiences have helped her understand the struggles impoverished people face, and how individuals from marginalized communities can develop skills in fields like STEM. → Read More

A Brazilian YouTuber brags about rape. Women are not amused.

Rape "jokes" made by a YouTube star are stirring controversy in Brazil, where a rape takes place every 11 minutes. → Read More

The World Cup’s green and yellow mark of shame

A video of Brazilian supporters harassing a Russian woman during the Soccer World Cup shows the ugly side of machismo. → Read More

This film is taking on femicide in Juarez, Mexico

An average of more than 2500 people were murdered per year between 2008 and 2011 in Juarez, and female residents of the city have particularly been the targets of femicide, or killing women because of their gender. Yet experts estimate that only one out of every four cases of murdered women in Juarez are even investigated by authorities, and criminal charges were only filed in 2 percent of those… → Read More

Fired for having a baby

Brazilian TV star Barbara Thomaz says she was fired after taking maternity leave and reporting harassment by one of her superiors. Her experience isn't unusual. → Read More

An interview with sexual assault survivor and Olympic swimmer Joanna Maranhão

By 17 years old, Brazilian swimmer Joanna Maranhão had already broken her country’s record by taking fifth place in the 400 meters at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Four years later, memories of the sexual abuse Maranhão suffered at nine years old at the hands of a former swim coach had come back to haunt her. → Read More

Decades later, brutal violence of Operation Condor lingers in Brazil

Operation Condor, a France and U.S.-endorsed campaign of torture in South America, is long over. But the brutality it wrought still echoes today. → Read More

An interview with Brazilian indigenous rapper and activist Kunumí MC

Kunumí MC is a teenage rapper calling attention to the struggles Indigenous people face in Brazil. → Read More

First Match: the story of a teen girl competing on an all-boys wrestling team

First Match (2018), the first feature film by writer-director Olivia Newman, tells the story of Monique a girl who competes on an all-boys wrestling team while simultaneously juggling the foster care system, school, and getting back in touch with her absent father. → Read More

Meet the 13-year-old rapper taking Brazil by storm

MC Soffia started to rap when she was only six years old. By 11, her name was well known in her native Brazil, and by 13, the artist was listed as one of BBC’s 100 Women of 2017. → Read More

Lucimar Medeiros is revolutionizing female wrestling in Brazil

Medeiros is the supervisor of the wrestling program at São Paulo’s Training and Research Olympic Center (Centro Olímpico de Treinamento e Pesquisa or COTP) in Brazil. She is also the first African-Brazilian woman to serve in this role. → Read More