wouldn’t normally equate a career in competition and regulation law as leading one into the heart of Tehran to argue for the rights of women to be treated equally.
However, that’s just one of the things that Gilbert + Tobin partner Moya Dodd has done.
Recently honoured on World Soccer Magazine’s People of the Year 2013, Dodd, who is a FIFA Executive Committee Member, has travelled widely advocating women’s roles in football, including visiting Iran’s Second International Congress on Football and Science and speaking out on women being permitted to enter stadia to attend men’s football matches.
During 2013, Moya was appointed as one of the first women to join the FIFA Executive Committee, re-elected as a Vice-President of the Asian Football Confederation, and most recently, appointed as chair of FIFA’s Task Force for Women’s Football focussing on the creation of a FIFA strategy for women’s football in the short and longer term.
It’s no wonder then, that Dodd was chosen by a panel of journalists from around the globe as among eight People of the Year that have helped shape and promote football last year.
“It’s a huge honour to be recognised in this way. I hope it leads to greater opportunity for women to play their part in the world’s most popular sport,” Moya said.
“Businesses, governments and now sporting organisations are realising that organisations are better and fairer when women can fully participate."