1. Skip to content
  2. Skip to main menu
  3. Skip to more DW sites
Human RightsSwitzerland

Changing the game

Sarah Steffen
January 25, 2023

This week on World in Progress: A Moroccan woman changing the game in the male-dominated world of fishing, a gym that uses energy from working out to power corn mills and oil presses, and how Russian video gaming professionals who have fled to Serbia are shaking things up.


Every day, people working out at gyms doing bench presses, lifting weights, hitting treadmills and so on generate energy. A Swiss entrepreneur has come up with a clever idea: He's set up a gym at a farm that's free for everyone, but the exercise machines are linked to corn mills and oil presses.

Kathrin Hondl went to take a look at this very unique setup and her story is presented by Evelyn McClafferty. 


Farmers in Lebanon are turning to organic farming – not just for the obvious benefits of being free of pollutants and healthier for people and the environment. They also hope that organic farming can get them out of the worst economic and financial crisis the country has ever seen. Almost all grain imports used to come from Russia and Ukraine before the war.

Elliot Douglas has this report by Tilo Spanhel. 


Fatima Makhnes is also changing the game in the male-dominated world of fishing. She was the first Moroccan woman who dared to take a boat out to sea. Now she has a fishing license and her own fishing cooperative with four female colleagues.

Natalia Bachmayer met up with them and her report is presented by Ben Restle. 


Serbia has been trying to build its video games industry over the past decade – with some success. But international events over the past year have given the sector a significant boost. That's because of the arrival of a significant number of video games developers from Russia. The new arrivals are seeking to put distance between themselves and the regime of Vladimir Putin.

Guy De Launey looks at how Russians are raising the game in Belgrade. 


Changing the lives of children growing up in Rio de Janeiro's favelas – that's what one brave woman chose to do with the power of dance. Ellen Serra wants to give them a proper education and help them achieve their dreams. So far, some 3,000 kids have trained here. And some have gone on to become professional ballet dancers.

Neil King has this story by Paula Kersten.


Skip next section More from this show
Skip next section About the show

About the show

World in Progress Teaser Responsive

World in Progress

Stories that matter from around the world. For more info about the show, click below.

Skip next section DW's Top Story

DW's Top Story

A man who evacuated his home warms up next to a fire on a street, in the aftermath of the earthquake, in Aleppo, Syria

Earthquake victims in Syria: Politics first, aid second?

Skip next section More stories from DW
Go to homepage