Maguy Kakon

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Maguy Kakon (born 1953 in Casablanca) is a Moroccan author, politician and real-estate consultant.

Biography[edit]

Maguy (Marie-Yvonne) Kakon was born to a Jewish family in Marrakech. Her parents, David and Dina Gabay, were one the wealthiest couples in the city. Her father was an industrialist. Her family moved to Paris in 1971.[1] After her marriage, she settled in Casablanca.

In 2007, Kakon became the first Jewish woman to run for public office in Morocco.[2] As head of the Social Centre Party (Parti centre social), she ran in the 2007 Moroccan parliamentary election, but failed to win a seat when her party did not pass the minimum electoral threshold.[1] In 2009, she ran in Casablanca's municipal elections. In 2011, she announced that she would run in the 2011 Moroccan parliamentary election.[3]

Maguy Kakon is married to Aime Kakon, one of Morocco's leading architects. They have four children.[1] Kakon's mother and younger sister live in Holon, Israel.[1]

Social activism[edit]

Kakon began her advocacy work under the auspices of the American Women's Club, the primary women's rights organization in Morocco.[1] She is active in promoting education for women. She believes that educating women will change the face of Moroccan society.[1]

Published works[edit]

  • La Cuisine juive du Maroc de mère en fille (Jewish cuisine of Morocco: From mother to daughter)
  • Traditions et coutumes des Juifs du Maroc (Traditions and customs of the Jews of Morocco)

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