Former Labor MK Nadia Hilou, the first Arab Christian woman to serve in the Knesset, died Thursday night at 61 following a long struggle with a disease.

Hiilou, a social worker, served in the 17th Knesset as a member of the Labor-Meimad faction. During her tenure, she served as chairwoman of the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Zionist Camp chairman MK Isaac Herzog eulogized Hilou by saying, ”We are all saddened by the death of Nadia Hilou. Nadia was from the Christian community, and served in the Knesset as part of the Labor Party, and was known to champion the non-Jewish sectors of the State. She fought courageously for their rights, and for the rights and status of Arab women, and for women, in general, throughout Israel. She was a leader who fought against poverty and inequality with all her might.”

Meretz chairwoman MK Zehava Galon called Hilou ”groundbreaking” and ”a symbol of the struggle for the national and social struggle for gender equality.”

Former MK Hilou is survived by her husband and four daughters.