What will you do?” a sexual harassment campaign
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    Cairo subway comics ask: What would you do if you witness harassment?
The comics are part of the “What will you do?” campaign launched on Saturday by the non-profit group Imprint Movement in collaboration with Al-Moltaqa for Consulting and Training.
The campaign hopes to show the effects of sexual harassment on Egyptian society as a whole, according to a statement by the movement.
Created by me , the comics address the challenges women face on a daily basis — from dealing with victim-blaming culture to not feeling safe in public space — that impact their “personal and professional life,” and thus “the entire society,”.
 comic shows a young woman finding it harder and harder to tolerate daily harassment.
“Sometimes I feel like my body is just a piece of cloth covering my soul, and I tell myself that I am not the one being touched and those words aren’t directed at me,” she thinks to herself.
She is then shown debating which outfit to wear, imagining the different comments each would elicit from harassers.
“This is the nightmare every girl faces every day as she picks out her outfit before going out,”
The comic then shows male passengers in a microbus reacting to the young woman.
“This woman can be an influential person in your life,” the comic reads. “Sexual harassment doesn’t harm her alone, it harms us all.”
The comics differ from typical public service announcements because they rely on story-telling instead of propagandistic slogans, he added, so they “make you think and form an opinion."
it not just her
the sexual harassment destroy the entire society
The campaign first appeared on the walls of the Shohadaa metro station in downtown Cairo, and will next move to the Mohamed Naguib, Sadat and Attaba stations. Other posters will also be hung in the Helwan University, Mansheyyet El Sadr and Cairo University stations, which were targeted due to their high-volume foot traffic. The campaign will run until February 15, 2016.
Sharkawy said he spent an hour at the Shohadaa station observing the reactions of passersby on the first day the comics were installed. Every two to four minutes, people would stop and read the whole comic “from the first panel to the last,” he said.
“Many people were happy and were discussing the issue with each other,” Sharkway said. “It was amazing.”