New equality laws have been debated by Birmingham professionals before they are rolled out into the workplace.
An Equal Opportunities Commission-organised conference was held in the city as part of a wider three-month online consultation to discuss the wide-ranging implications of the new Equality Bill.
The Department of Trade and Industry legislation, which became law last Thursday, is the most significant change to gender equality regulations in 30 years.
The Gender Equality Duty, which is included in the new law, requires public bodies to eliminate sex discrimination and promote equality throughout their services, policies, and employment and recruitment practices.
The Birmingham event, which took place at the Burlington Hotel, saw scores of equality practitioners discuss the duty's Code of Practice, which explains how to implement the new regulations and integrate them into day-to-day work.
An example of good practice highlighted by the EOC at the conference was a scheme where Birmingham City Council takes civil proceedings on behalf of victims against perpetrators of domestic violence.
This allows women to receive protection without having the ordeal and difficulty of taking action personally.
EOC chairwoman Jenny Watson said: "The Gender Equality Duty could radically transform the way public bodies deliver services and treat their staff, moving away from a 'one size fits all' approach. It has the potential to create public services truly fit for modern Britain, which meet both women's and men's different needs.
"The duty is there to help public bodies make this happen. We want to hear from users now, so that we can make the code of practice as practical, straightforward and user-friendly as possible.
"We would like to see widespread participation in the EOC's consultation to ensure the new law fulfils its promise."
The Birmingham conference was organised as part of a series of regional events taking place until March in Bristol, Leeds and Croydon.
Online consultation is also being run by the EOC until May at http://www.eoc.org.uk/genderduty.