It is a truth that Worldwide, women are impoverished. In India also feminisation of poverty exists but it is not only peculiar to India. India still has the world’s largest number of poor people in a single country. Of its nearly 1 billion inhabitants, an estimated 350-400 million are below the poverty line, 75 per cent of them in the rural areas. India has made strides toward bridging the gender gap, however still has a long way to go before women can take manage of their own lives. A huge sector of India’s population lives in poverty, and women are the poorest of the poor.
It is vital that all policies and “poverty lessening” measures have a well-built gender focus so that the feminization of poverty is not institutionalized .A message of concern is necessary at this point. Femininity as a terminology is being included loosely into all development words, with little concentration to the detailing of measures that would ensure gender sensitivity in planning and implementation. But women’s concern must be specified essential to all planning and implementation processes because when women are supported and empowered, all of society benefits.