This January, Risnawati “Risna” Utami became the first person from her native Indonesia to sit on the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities. As one of the committee’s 18 members, Utami, a lawyer and activist, is arguably one of the most powerful women in the world when it comes to international law and disability rights. Her rise is a testament to more than 20 years of passionate work on behalf of women and people with disabilities and her refusal to give in to the low expectations of the society where she grew up.