Name: Luz Melon
What she does: Diplomat
Impact: International legal recognition of the specific rights of disabled people
Nominated by: Hannah Davies, One World Action
Luz Melon is a friend and an inspiration. She’s now a Counsellor at the Argentinean mission to the UN in New York but came to diplomacy late after working as a teacher in inner-city Buenos Aries.
One of the things I admire about Luz is her capacity for hard work. But where I think she’s really shown leadership is championing human rights in the United Nations. She played a lead role in the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and has been a brilliant advocate for disabled people. Most recently she took on the more economically powerful UN member states to push for a convention on the rights of elder people. And she’s been a consistent advocate for sexual and reproductive rights.