Around 50 women journalists from the south of Iraq gathered in the northern city of Sulaimaniyah in June for training in television reporting and online journalism. The majority of the trainees attending the course, which was part of the ongoing Women's Media Initiative project, came from the southern city of Basra. The training session, which had a strong practical emphasis, was conducted by experienced and award-winning journalists. "Our aim is to empower Iraqi women journalists and to hone their journalistic skills to meet the needs of a multimedia environment," said Hiwa Osman, the IWPR country director in Iraq. The main aim of the training was to create media teams that would be able to return to their areas and publish and broadcast compelling local stories that will add to and enrich the complex narrative of Iraq.