IJSSH 2015 Vol.5(10): 849-854 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2015.V5.568

An Assessment of “Zawarawa” Mass Marriage Programme, in Kano State, Nigeria

Rohana Yusof and Amina Lawal Mashi
Abstract—The study is to access the Kano state government social programme of reducing “Zawarawa” (menless women divorcees, widows etc). The aims of the study is to evaluate the Zawarawa mass marriage programme, to identify factors responsible for high marriage breakdowns, to identify the effects of failed marriages on its victims as well as to recommend measures on how to reduce the incidences of marriage breakdowns in Kano State. Six officials of the Kano state Hisbah Board and 200 beneficiary women were served with questionnaires administered in English and Hausa Languages respectively. The results shows that mass marriage programme have been accepted by majority of the target population, that there is high success rate, and it has reduced level of poverty amongst the beneficiary women. The study recommends the expansion of the Mass Marriage Programme to other states of Nigeria and countries with similar social problems.

Index Terms—“Menless” women, “zawarawa”, mass marriage project, spinsters.

Rohana Yusof is with the Northern Corridor Research Centre, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia (e-mail: rohana@uum.edu.my).
Amina Lawal Mashi is with the Sociology Department, Umaru Musa Yaradua University, Katsina, Nigeria (e-mail: mashiamina@yahoo.com).

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Cite: Rohana Yusof and Amina Lawal Mashi, " An Assessment of “Zawarawa” Mass Marriage Programme, in Kano State, Nigeria," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 10, pp. 849-854, 2015.

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