#13 MPs present evidence of unanimous support from UK Gurdwaras for a census Sikh ethnic tick box.
#12 Sikh Network raise key issues at Government roundtable as well as discuss plans to hold Sikh Heritage and Awareness month from 2019.
#11 The Sikh Network marks 3 years since the launch of the highly acclaimed 10-point Sikh Manifesto published in January 2015, this past year in particular has seen significant progress on the manifesto priorities working with key stakeholders.
#10 Independent public inquiry into UK government action in the lead up to and after the 1984 Sikh Genocide.
This is a significant issue in the Sikh Manifesto where there has been a major development with the release on the long awaited Sikh Federation (UK) report – Sacrificing Sikhs – the need for an investigation.
#09 First Sikh female and Turban wearing male elected to parliament in historic general election.
History was made for the Sikh community in Britain during the early hours of Friday, 9th June, as Sikh Network board member, Preet Kaur Gill, became the first ever female Sikh MP and Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi became the first ever Dastaar (Turban) wearing Sikh MP.
#08 Sikh Network attend Service of Hope at Westminster Abbey.
#07 New initiative to mark the 350th Birth anniversary of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, with the recognition and celebration of 350 Sikh Women.
#06 Sikhs and politicians mark annual Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Gurpurab event in UK Parliament
Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Gurpurab (Birthday) was marked for the second year running with a memorable celebration at the Houses of Parliament.The Sikh Network, the Sikh Federation (UK) and the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Sikhs organised a befitting evening of celebration, inspiration and recognition.
#05 The Sikh Network launches the UK Sikh Survey-the largest & most comprehensive survey of Sikhs
The Sikh Network are delighted to launch the largest and most comprehensive survey of the UK Sikh community. The UK Sikh Survey will map out a much needed analysis of the views, as well as challenges, faced by the Sikh Community in contemporary British Society.
#04 Guidance on protocol for searching Dastaar at worldwide airports launched
The high profile incident involving Waris Ahluwalia, the US actor and designer, not being allowed to fly with AreoMexico because of his Dastaar, demonstrated the lack of awareness among airport and airline staff of the current agreed security protocol in performing security searches on Turbaned Sikhs.
#03 First Gurpurb celebration in UK Parliament
MPs from across the political spectrum joined Sikhs to celebrate Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Gurpurb on 25 November. The event was an opportunity to educate politicians about Sikhi. Several MPs spoke at the event, including Rob Marris MP, the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Sikhs,
#02 Monitoring and reporting progress
The Sikh Network has introduced a dashboard and RAG rating to monitor progress against each of the 10 Sikh Manifesto sections. This is updated at the end of each quarter just before the quarterly newsletter is issued and the main actions required in the next three to six months agreed.
#01 The impact of the Sikh Manifesto
The Sikh Manifesto was launched on 31 January 2015 and has exceeded all expectations in terms of its impact. It empowered Gurdwaras, Sikh organisations and individual Sikhs to raise issues with hundreds of Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPCs) in a way never seen before in UK-wide elections.