EMU alumna Leymah Gbowee is one of three women jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize in October 2011. She shares the prize with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and women’s rights activist Tawakkul Karman of Yemen. Leymah received the Nobel Prize for her work in organizing a peace movement to end the Second Liberian Civil War. She has become famous across the globe for mobilizing women. Her journey from being a destitute and depressed mother of four to being an assertive peacebuilder began in the late 1990s when she received training in trauma healing and reconciliation from Lutheran church workers in Liberia during that country’s civil war.